A journey towards shared governance: status and prospects for collaborative management in the protected areas of Bangladesh

Manzoor Rashid, A. Z. M., Craig, Donna, Ahmed Mukul, Sharif and Ahmed Khan, Niaz (2013) A journey towards shared governance: status and prospects for collaborative management in the protected areas of Bangladesh. Journal of Forestry Research, 24 3: 599-605. doi:10.1007/s11676-013-0391-4

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Author Manzoor Rashid, A. Z. M.
Craig, Donna
Ahmed Mukul, Sharif
Ahmed Khan, Niaz
Title A journey towards shared governance: status and prospects for collaborative management in the protected areas of Bangladesh
Journal name Journal of Forestry Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1007-662X
1993-0607
Publication date 2013-09
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11676-013-0391-4
Volume 24
Issue 3
Start page 599
End page 605
Total pages 7
Place of publication Harbin, China
Publisher Dongbei Linye Daxue
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Establishment of Protected Areas (PAs), in the face of rapid deforestation, forest degradation and climate change has been one of the key efforts in conservation of biodiversity worldwide in recent times. While Bangladesh has gained a degree of prominence in the world for its successful social forestry programs, the concept of collaborative protected area management is rather new in the country, initiated in 2004 by the Bangladesh Forest Department in five PAs with financial assistance from USAID. Based on empirical evidence from three of the pilot PAs, we examined the achievements and associated challenges and prospects for co-management. Our fieldwork revealed a number of challenges faced by co-management institutions: (1) institutions were dominated by the elite group, overshadowing the voice of the community people; (2) mutual trust and collective performance are key to good governance but had not taken root in the PAs; (3) encroachment onto forest land and subsequent conversion to agriculture remained a serious problem that discouraged forest-dependent people from participating actively in co-management initiatives; (4) legal provisions (including acts, rules and policies) were not clearly and adequately disseminated and understood at the community level; (5) there remained a degree of ambiguity regarding the roles and responsibilities of forest department (FD) and co-management committees (CMC) in field operations, and this was not enhancing transparency and accountability of the overall initiative; (6) the long-term sustainability of co-management institutions was another major concern, as the local intuitional structure was still in a nascent stage, and provisioning of resources (either internally or externally) remained somewhat uncertain. We offer recommendations for improvement.
Keyword Co-management
Governance
IPAC
Nishorgo
Protected area
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Document type: Journal Article
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