The evidence as shown in the photo: Unsustainable way of Fishing (multi-layered netting) is the main cause for river-bed sedimentation, blockage of free flow of rainwater aggravated by natural calamities resulting in floods with saline-water invasion and damaging freshwater resources, crops livestock …overall local economy and environment.
Project aims to develop resilient communities with skills and practices for sustainable use of natural resources, and for protecting and re-building coastal ecology with a ‘Whole Community Approach’. We mobilize thousands of children, youth and farmers including housewives to undertake Large-Scale Mangrove Planting as Social Forestry, Water Governance and Farm Waste Management as part of long term ‘Disaster Risk Reduction’ – (DRR). This venture largely prevents thousands from venturing into the forest and unsustainably exploiting natural resources that manages the Bio-diversity;
We actively promote Micro and Agro-Forestry such as growing Bamboos and Fruit Trees adopted to the climate that substantially contributes to carbon sequestration.
The project includes the techniques of de-salination process by harvesting large amount of rainwater into their tanks and ponds useful for cultivation, and household activities and improves fresh water contents underground helps to multiply microbial … good for improving soil health. Micro and Agro Forestry would provide the local communities with alternative livelihood that improves house-hold income and health of people particularly for the locals women who collects prawn seeds by pulling handheld net in turbulent saline water through shoreline, and in the process coastal water high in salinity and acidity enter into their system causing severe health problem particularly affecting reproductive system.
Unsustainable way of collecting ‘Prawn-seeds & Fishing’ must be stopped by implementing Micro and Agro Forestry to replace these traditional trades that severely damage Mangroves seed-lings and coastal ecology. The womenfolk venture into turbulent water, run the risks of getting killed by the sharks and crock.
Moreover, as they pull the hand-held net against the water current to collect prawn-seeds, the coastal water which is high in salinity and acidity forces into their system severely affect their reproductive health system. Therefore, our endeavours are to provide alternative sources for livelihood to local communities as essential to maintain health, improve house-hold income etc. The project includes the techniques of de-salination process by harvesting large amount of rainwater into their tanks and ponds and use for cultivation, and household activities and that helps to multiply microbial and soil health.
Along with the Mangroves replantation drive, we do mobilize communities beginning with school children, youth and farmers including housewives to increase Agro-Forestry surrounding their villages. Most of the flower and fruit- bearing trees that naturally attract birds, honey bees and several other pollinators that help increasing water infiltration and multiply microbial to restore soil fertility, and in due process it improve farm micro-climate.
We also undertake relief and rehabilitation works in the islands of Sundarbans from time to time since the place gets battered by natural calamities in almost every year.