Synthesis Paper - 10(c) Case Studies

Synthesis Paper - Customary sustainable use of biodiversity by indigenous peoples and local communities: Examples, challenges, community initiatives and recommendations relating to CBD Article 10(c)

A Synthesis Paper based on Case Studies from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Suriname and Thailand.

Bangladesh - Cyclone Aila: continued suffering one year on

Cyclone Aila hit the south-western coastal belt of Bangladesh, more specifically the Satkhira and Khulna Districts, on 25 May 2009, affecting almost 2.3 million people and immediately killing 325. The tidal surge, which measured 10-13m, inundated the region and washed away huge numbers of houses, livestock, crops and other resources within a very short time.

Bangladesh - Cyclone Aila: un an après, les souffrances demeurent

Le cyclone Aila a frappé la région côtière du sud-ouest du Bangladesh, en particulier les districts de Satkhira et Khulna le 25 mai 2009, touchant près de 2,3 millions de personnes et faisant 325 morts. Une vague de 10-13m de hauteur inonda la région et emporta un très grand nombre de maisons, de têtes de bétail, de cultures et d'autres ressources en très peu de temps.

Cyclone Aila's devastation of the Bangladesh coast - another victim of climate change?

On 25 May cyclone Aila swept through the villages of traditional resource-users of the Sundarbans forest, Bangladesh. Disasters like Aila (2009) and Sidr (2007) have forced more than a million people to lose their homes and to migrate from their regions. Kushal Roy, Senior Research Associate with FPP partner Unnayan Onneshan, reports on the trail of destruction left by Aila and asks whether the increasingly volatile weather patterns are a direct result of global climate change. 

Le cyclone Aila dévaste les côtes du Bangladesh – une autre victime du changement climatique ?

Le 25 mai, le cyclone Aila a balayé les villages des usagers des ressources traditionnelles de la forêt des Sundarbans au Bangladesh. Des catastrophes comme Aila (2009) et Sidr (2007) ont contraint plus d'un million de personnes à abandonner leurs foyers et quitter leurs régions. Kushal Roy, chargé de recherche principal du partenaire de FPP, Unnayan Onneshan, rend compte des destructions causées par le passage d’Aila.Il s’interroge pour déterminer si les tendances climatiques, dont la volatilité est croissante, sont le résultat direct du changement climatique mondial.

Resuscitating the Sundarbans: Customary use of biodiversity & traditional cultural practices in Bangladesh - 10(c) Case Study

This report highlights the connection between biodiversity conservation and forest peoples' livelihoods and customary use. It shows how the current Forest Department-led management continues to threaten the long-term survival of the forest and the people. The traditional resource users call for an urgent shift towards community-based and collaborative management of the Sundarbans to ensure a future both for its biodiversity and its people.

Deserting the Sundarbans: Local peoples' perspective on ADB-GEF-Netherlands funded Sundarbans biodiversity conservation project

The US$77.3m Sundarbans Biodiversity Conservation Project was suspended three years early because of its failure to conserve biological diversity and reduce poverty in the Sundarbans. This report provides an analysis of the project's design flaws and consequent disintegration, and identifies means of making good the damage done.


47 pages   Unnayan Onneshan, Nijera kori, FPP