Restoration of mangroves in Sundarban through afforestation, integrated mangrove-shrimp farming, income generation and community participation

MANGROVES-Project

The MANGROVES-Project encompasses the rehabilitation and restoration of up to 30 ha of mangroves in Sundarban area of West Bengal (India). As first site of mangrove plantation a newly formed mudflat in Lakshmipur village of Madhusudanpur G.P., Kakdwip Block and as second site ‘Buraburir Tot’ of G Plot G.P. Patharpratima block are chosen for mangrove plantation. Community participation is considered as the key point  for implementation of  this component of the said project. Integrated mangrove aquaculture (IMA) is targeted as a pilot scale study for the first time in Indian Sundarban. Through this approach an eco-friendly and resilient methodology of aquaculture is practiced by the fish farmers aiming at the improvement of livelihood status and income generation.  Apis Dorsata is responsible for generation of wild honey in Indian Sundarban. A honey processing unit for processing of wild honey is proposed under this project. Packaging and marketing of the same through the mobilization of the marginalized beneficiaries (honey collectors) is considered as an integral component for the augmentation of income of the local communities of Sundarban. Enhancement of supplementary livelihood options through capacity building, training and awareness is also considered as an important scope of this project.

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Funded By: Ristic GmbH, Oberferrieden, Germany
Project Duration: 1st of February 2017 - 31st of January 2020 (36 months)
1. The rehabilitation and restoration of up to 30 ha of Mangroves in Sundarban area in West Bengal, India 2. The implementation of an Integrated Mangrove-Shrimp Farming /Integrated Mangrove Aquaculture (IMA) demonstration project (up to 9 ha farm area) in Sundarban, West Bengal, India 3. Implementation of wild honey (honey by Apis dorsata) processing unit in Sundarban, West Bengal, India 4. Community work, capacity building, replication of livelihood options with the objective to improve income opportunities
A. Mangrove restoration 1. Mangrove plantation in 15 ha area of Sundarban 2. 'Srijoni Mohila Badabon Committee' and 'Lakshmishree Mohila Badabon Committee' were formed in both sites of mangrove plantation for long term monitoring and protection of mangroves 3. Preliminary exercise of socio-economic analysis and resource identification of these groups were done to ascertain directive and definite mode to earn and stabilize livelihood options B. IMA 1. Discussion regarding rules and regulation for implementation of IMA with the respective authorities 2. Benefit value analysis of the selected site for IMA 3. Preliminary work of IMA will commence in Gopalpur, Basirhat with a research perspective 4. 4 FGDs were conducted to sense the prevailing practice, trend of production, market chain and value chain of the harvested products of brakishwater aquaculture C. Honey processing unit (HPU) 1. FGDs were conducted with the honey collectors to understand the prevailing practice, trend of production, market chain and value chain of Honey 2. Business model with 5 years financial plan