Technical study for afforestation and reforestation sites

IUCN country representative joined the plantation monitoring survey team in Cox's Bazar North Forest Division

Project title: Technical study for land use mapping, assessment and monitoring of proposed afforestation and reforestation sites

Location: Nine coastal and hill districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Barisal, Patuakhali, Barguna, Bhola and Feni

Duration: 2015 – 2016

Project background: The Bangladesh Forest Department and Arannayk Foundation have jointly received financial support under the Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF) to implement the Climate Resilient Participatory Afforestation and Reforestation Project (CRPARP) with the necessary technical support. CRPARP works towards reduction in forest degradation through participatory planning, monitoring and contribution in building the long-term resilience of selected coastal and hill communities to climate change. The scope of the operation aligns firmly with the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP), and the BCCRF, which aims to manage climate change to ensure that the citizens are protected from climate induced adverse impacts. The three and half year endeavor is designed for implementation in nine coastal and hill districts of Cox’s Bazaar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Barisal, Patuakhali, Barguna, Bhola and Feni.

The forest staff needs initial technical support of experts in the use of new technology and the latest forest inventory methods. This includes Information Technology (IT), remote sensing, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies. To address this need, CRPARP has awarded IUCN a consultancy sub-project titled ‘Technical Study for Land use Mapping, Assessment and Monitoring of the Proposed Afforestation and Reforestation Sites’. The duration of the technical study is one year and nine months starting from 2015.

Hill plantation site in Teknaf, Cox's Bazar South Forest Division

Objectives of the project:

  • Increase in afforestation and reforestation in degraded forest areas (about 17,000 hectares)
  • Improve participatory forest management
  • Improve climate resilience and biomass production, while simultaneously enhancing incomes and livelihood options
  • Strengthen administrative capacity of Bangladesh Forest Department to manage project financial resources, implement subprojects, deliver legally mandated services (in the context of natural resource management), and to sustain those services beyond the duration of the project
  • Establish improved forestry planning and monitoring systems

Expected Outputs:

  • Produce land use maps, covering standard different land use categories of the hill and coastal districts including coastal islands
  • Prepare a geo-referenced map of locations of proposed project parcels or polygons with the area and coordinates
  • Monitor the area planted under the project during different years of the project
  • Develop methodology for estimating changes in carbon stocks due to project interventions and develop a project carbon baseline
  • Estimate  survival  and  growth  rates  of  biomass  annually
  • Develop database on beneficiaries, species, and environmental and social safeguards

Donor: The World Bank

Partners: Bangladesh Forest Department

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