Chunati Project Essay
Background and Rationale
The Chunati Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS) is a 7764 ha Protected Area (PA), covering Chunati and Jaldi Ranges of Chittagong South Forest Division. Till recent past, the problem of forest degradation and deforestation was particularly high in the area. According to Forest Department (FD) estimates, approximately 50,000 people live in and around the wildlife sanctuary. Large tracts of forest land have been denuded and numerous species of flora and fauna are lost over the last few decades. The sanctuary is threatened by the destruction of its natural resources and by conversion into other forms of land use. The …show more content…
The project (sub-project) aims to improve the livelihood of about 1,500 forest dependant families located in and around the Chunati Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS) in Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar districts so that the local people are less dependent on the non-sustainable use of forest resources.
The specific objectives of this sub-project are the following:
1. Promotion of alternative livelihood of the forest dependent poor people of the project area through development of their skills, institutions and access to capital and market.
2. Establishment of a Google earth/Remote Sensing data based monitoring system to track forest cover change over time for the CWS to help assess the impact of the livelihood development program.
3. A monitoring system for the biodiversity of wild fauna of the CWS is established and the outputs (biodiversity related information and photographs) are published in the “Bio-Track” database to help assess the impact of the forest management and livelihood development interventions of the project.
It is expected to work directly with 1500 households anticipating that the following results will be achieved within the period of 34 months:
I. 60 Community based organizations (CBO) of the forest dependant poor and ultra-poor households are formed in 60 villages in and