What would be the vision of Nishorgo Network in Bangladesh? The basic perception of the network is a collective response to the demand of the environmental eco-system which is in vulnerable situation. This is an approach to work jointly by the community and Government through co-management organizations for revering the present trend. Focusing the conservation, collaborative management and pro-poor activities are the main principles of the network. Today, climate change is not only important but urgent issue to address by the Government for the community living around the forest, wetland and ECAs. People are becoming vulnerable day by day due climate change. Reduction of vulnerability Climate change mitigation and adaptation is necessary and at the same time need to mainstream the issue of these areas with our national development agenda
To address the challenges and threats of biodiversity conservation is difficult for individual CMOs because of the magnitude of the issues. It needs huge mobilization of community people at the same time other partner organizations like GoB agencies and organizations working for conservation purpose. As example we can note here the issue of water pollution in Mokosh Beel, which is still unresolved. However, to promote larger campaign within the country in favor of conservation and building constituency, initiate and hold advocacy with policy makers for influencing them, ensure rigorous community mobilization, need united effort of the CMOs. Need regional and central forum of CMOs where they can share their experiences and move jointly to address and influence the challenges.
USAIDís Nishorgo Support Project, MACH and IPAC projects expanded the co-management approach in different PAs. As a result, CMOs have been developed and organized in those Protected Areas and Wetlands. To date 16 CMOs in forest PAs and 17 CMOs in wetlands have been established and actively working in management process. Most of the CMOs are registered from the Department of Social Welfare and have their own identity. They have management plan according to the nature and features of the PAs and yearly activity plan based on the management plan. Although, there are many differences of the PAs, challenges and threats are almost common. Bangladesh is a highly populated country with high density. In Bangladesh there are tremendous pressures on land and at the same time poverty is the important issue to address. Due to poverty, people living adjacent to the natural resources are highly dependent on resources. Climate refugees are dependent on forest land for their habitat.
Nishorgo Network is the affiliated network of co-managed forests and wetlands protected area sites. The name "Nishorgo" implies a poetic and all-encompassing image of nature. Nishorgo Network supports the development of the natural resources sector and the conservation of biological diversity. The network is working to develop a protected area strategy that applies to all ecologically and economically significant areas, including freshwater and forest ecosystems. It also focuses on building technical capacity for protected areas co-management. Nishorgo Network expands the geographic area under co-management to ensure the long-term success of conservation initiatives and extends socio-economic benefits to forest and wetland dependent population.