Welcome to CRPARP

Bangladesh is among the most densely-populated countries in the world, already vulnerable to natural disasters and highly-affected by climate change. Global climate change models show that declining forest cover significantly reduces the opportunity to mitigate climate change. Thus climate change could adversely affect forest ecosystems, biodiversity and even mitigation potential of forests.  The natural disasters associated with climate change impact and biotic pressure on natural resources in Bangladesh is very high. Degraded forest ecosystems are more vulnerable to climate change. If forest cover decline in same pace, the potential for forests’ carbon sequestration will be reduced substantially.

Forest is very important renewable resources which plays a crucial role for the livelihoods of local communities.  In addition, forests provide valuable ecosystem service: they maintain local climate and strongly influence global fluxes of oxygen and carbon dioxide; protect top soil, prevent soil erosion and maintain food wave. From late 1960, the Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD) started coastal afforestation programs on the newly accreted coastal chars and offshore islands.

In this context, participatory afforestation and reforestation in coastal and hilly areas will be a key contributor in meeting the challenge of climate change vulnerability and depleting forest resources. Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD) guided by The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) planned to increase the afforested and reforested areas in the selected coastal and hilly areas since these areas are ecologically critical. Subsequently, Climate Resilient Participatory Afforestation and Reforestation Project (CRPARP) had been formulated and became operational from July 2013.

The project is aligned with the Bangladesh Sixth Five Year Plan (FY2011-FY2015) with the specific tasks of conducting climate resilient afforestation and reforestation of hill forest, coastal areas and plain land forest to prevent the extent of damage by cyclones and tidal surges. In addition, the project supports the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) of 2009.