Title: An analysis of the damages of Chakoria Sundarban mangrove wetlands and consequences on community livelihoods in south east coast of Bangladesh

Authors: Shafi Noor Islam

Addresses: Euro-Aquae Hydro-Informatics and Water Management, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Konrad-Wachsmann-Allee 1, D – 03046 Cottbus, Germany

Abstract: Mangrove wetlands constitute a part of human natural and cultural heritage. They have importance for the country's economic, industrial, ecological, socio-economic and cultural aspects. The Chakoria Sundarban is the second largest mangrove wetland ecosystem in south eastern coastal region in Bangladesh. It covers 3.5% of the main Sundarban. The poor of the Chakoria mangrove wetland areas were dependent on mangrove resources for their livelihoods. The wetland habitat is threatened due to unplanned decision and destruction of mangrove forest. The Chakoria mangrove forest and wetland has been completely disappeared within 107 years (1903 to 2010). It was recognised as a driving force for coastal socio-economic improvement and biodiversity conservation. An analytical analysis of the various issues leading to mangrove forest ecosystem degradation is made in this study. The result shows that the coastal communities have lost their livelihoods option. The objective of this study is to understand the present sensitive mangrove wetland ecosystems and shrimp culture scenario analysis for future development.

Keywords: Chakoria Sundarbans; mangrove wetlands; ecosystems; environmental policy; resource protection; environmental management; environmental damage; community livelihoods; Bangladesh; mangrove forests; socio-economic improvement; biodiversity; coastal communities; shrimp culture.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESD.2014.060196

International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 2014 Vol.13 No.2, pp.153 - 171

Available online: 31 Mar 2014 *

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