Chittagong Hill Tracts
The forests of southeast Bangladesh are confined to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), bordering India and Myanmar. Herein remains the last intact tropical mixed-evergreen forest of Bangladesh. It is our mission to protect these forests and the astounding biodiversity within, before the destructive practices of wanton land development erase what's left - forever.
Since 2011, we’ve worked closely with the local communities in the Sangu-Matamuhuri Reserve Forest, listening to their concerns and gaining their trust. We’re now positioned to affect real change in the region, but this is no small task! Change requires a multi-directional approach culminating in a holistic program engaging both local stakeholders and government agencies. We are providing solutions from all possible angles including the mitigation of subsistence wildlife hunting and commercial poaching in exchange of primary schools, marketing traditional crafts to reduce the ethnic communities dependency on the forest resources, empowering former hunters as parabiologists/conservation heroes, and establishing rare plant nurseries, marketing sustainably-grown cash crops, and petitioning the highest levels of government. We are determined to protect these ancient forests for the benefit of all parties.