Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS)
BEDS joined the Global Mangrove Alliance in early 2020 and is dedicated to solving problems that impact both people and the environment in Bangladesh. The non-profit NGO was founded in 2010 with the vision to “promote ecological balance and create harmony between humans and their environment.” They have eight areas of focus including Environment and Ecosystem, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, and Wildlife Conservation and Protection and have recently completed a Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness-raising (CEPA) program, the details of which are available in the PDF linked below.
BEDS works extensively with communities that live within and alongside the Sundarbans forest, which is one of the largest mangrove forests in the world and contains a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of BEDS’ current, ongoing, projects involves working with locals to provide fresh drinking water, sustainable farming, and more efficient cooking stoves. Supplying these resources reduces human pressure on mangroves and educates the community on the value of the ecosystem. More detail on the Sunderbans Mangrove Biodiversity Conservation Education project is available from the BEDS website here. BEDS also produces educational publications for local communities and youth that builds a greater connection and understanding with their local mangroves. Regular updates on BEDS’ projects can be found on their facebook page.
Md. Maksudur Rahman
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