Poverty-environment interaction through participatory forest management in Bangladesh: an evidence of poverty reduction

Safa, Mohammad Samaun (2005). Poverty-environment interaction through participatory forest management in Bangladesh: an evidence of poverty reduction. In: 17th Commonwealth Forestry Conference Proceedings. 17th Commonwealth Forestry Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka, (). 28 February - 5 March, 2005.

Author Safa, Mohammad Samaun
Title of paper Poverty-environment interaction through participatory forest management in Bangladesh: an evidence of poverty reduction
Conference name 17th Commonwealth Forestry Conference
Conference location Colombo, Sri Lanka
Conference dates 28 February - 5 March, 2005
Proceedings title 17th Commonwealth Forestry Conference Proceedings
Place of Publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Publisher Forestry Commission of Great Britain on behalf of the Standing Committee on Commonwealth Forestry
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 0855386762
9780855386764
Total pages 17
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Poverty is an obstacle in the process of socio-economic development of Bangladesh. Majority people of the country live in the rural area where subsistence income generating activities are mainly related to exploring natural resources. A high population and its basic needs, thus, cause overexploitation of resources. Forest resources are one of the most overexploited resources in the country. Presently the forest cover is 13.36% of the total land that is alarming for the environmental sustainability. In order to protect forest resources from such overexploitation, participatory forest management approach was followed by the Forest Department involving rural poor. They were provided 1ha of degraded land for plantation and in a few cases 0.5 ha for homestead area. The objective of such initiative was to develop a strong interaction between the over-exploiters and their involvement in protecting forest. The study was conducted in the sal (Shorea robusta) forest of Bangladesh with a sample size of 120. Using non-parametric statistics, the standard of living was examined. A list of opinions was sought for assuming the change in environment due to the participatory management. BCA approach was applied to estimate the distribution impact and poverty reduction impact. The findings of the study reported that there was a significant change in livelihood as well as conservation measurement. The distribution impact analysis showed that the poor people were benefited substantially. The PIR (0.95) gave the positive indication of poverty reduction impact. It was found that the involvement of rural poor could be a process of poverty-environment interaction. The approach of participatory management is useful to increase the interaction between rural poor and resource management towards environmental sustainability.
Subjects 070504 Forestry Management and Environment
070199 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified
Keyword poverty reduction
Bangladesh
participatory forest management
distribution impact Analysis
poverty reduction impact
poverty impact ratio
agroforestry program
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