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Project in brief

The Climate Resilient Participatory Afforestation and Reforestation Project (CRPARP) is implemented jointly by Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD) and Arannayk Foundation (AF) with the fiduciary control of the World Bank. The project became functional from July 2013 and is likely to continue till December 2016.

To achieve the objectives, the project is divided into four components. Component 1, 3 and 4 are implemented by BFD and AF is responsible for the implementation of component 2.

The major component is the participatory afforestation and reforestation program.  The afforestation is implemented in the coastal areas on the newly accreted coastal land and along the marginal land. The reforestation is carried out in the hill forest where there could be minimum possibility of natural regeneration. The participatory approach along with co-management is practiced here.  The total target of block plantation of CRPARP is 17,500 ha land in the degraded forestland, marginal fallow and newly accreted land in coastal and hilly areas and the total target of strip plantation is 2000 km. 11,57 km along the marginal lands along with golpata 943 km plantation on the bank of the cricks. The project will also rehabilitate/reconstruct 76 existing camp offices to ensure proper field level operation of BFD including monitoring and protection of forests.

Component 2 is designed to improve and diversify non forest-based livelihood option of forest dependent population in the selected villages. The livelihood interventions under this project have been designed as part of the resilience strategy at the community level. Arannayk Foundation (AF) acts as the key catalytic organization to provide such support to the project. Apart from distributing seeds and saplings, AF has introduced innovative and sustainable Alternative Income Generation Activities (AIGA) which will create impact on reduction of forest degradation.

The objective of component 3 is to improve the technical knowledge based on forest resource monitoring and assessment, program monitoring and long term planning for the sustainable development of the sector. The component supports the review and update of the existing Forest Policy 1994 and Forestry Sector Master Plan (1995-2015). Under this component, the project also supports the capacity development training on impacts of climate change on bio-diversity and forests. The project has the provision for foreign training (Masters/Diploma) courses, national and local level trainings and three months of short course training. The component also aims to provide selected communities training on forest conservation, common resource management and climate risk mitigation. With the use of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System technologies, the project is establishing a forest resource assessment and monitoring system at BFD.

Component 4 supports Project Implementation Unit (PIU) in BFD for effective implementation of the components 1 and 3. The PIU provides necessary support for financial management, social and environmental safeguards, communication and procurement to AF and CRPARP field offices.

The core beneficiaries of CRPARP are poor landless, destitute women, socially disadvantaged people living in and around the forest. Participating communities are selected based on clear criteria, such as proximity to areas to be afforested and reforested, poverty level and degree of impact from climate changes.

Project is creating a large number of job opportunities in the project areas. The participatory afforestation and reforestation activity under the project will create around 3.6 million work days throughout the life cycle of the project. Also the civil works will generate around 0.38 million work days.