Coastal protection program
Our goal is to build resilient communities and businesses in coastal areas and on Cox’s Bazar district islands. This is a joint program of ACLAB and Sagar Seba.
Cross-cutting themes: Poverty reduction, public health, climate change adaptation and mitigation, disaster risk reduction, ecological restoration, fisheries, tourism
Integrated approach: Traditional knowledge-basedand locally led initiatives; gender equity, and justice; recognition of customary and community tenure rights; and public-private partnership.
Coastal areas in Cox’s Bazar district including Sadar, Sonadia Island, Teknaf, and Saint Martin’s Island is facing impacts of sea level rise and coastal erosion. The impact is aggravated by anthropogenic disturbances including unsustainable coastal development, coastal hardening, and plantation of invasive exotic species such as Casuarina equisetifolia (Australian pine or Jhau). As a result, the natural protection system of the coast in this region the dunes (locally known as dale/ ডেইল) are now heavily degraded and non-existent in some places.
On the east coast of Bangladesh, dunes play the most critical role to maintain the stability of our dynamic coastal systems. Dune ecosystems are critical ecological habitats for biodiversity and natural sand storage supplying to replenish eroded beaches. Dunes also work as natural coastal protection against high tides, waves, and storm surges; thus, mitigating the impact of coastal flooding and erosion and reducing damages to people and properties.
This is why we are working on this multi-stakeholder program to restore the dunes with indigenous methods and vegetation and protect our coastal areas.
- Organizing local youth and women groups and initiating public-private partnerships for the maintenance and protection of dune and beach ecosystems
- Documentation and publication of indigenous methods of coastal protection
- Ecological restoration of dune and beach ecosystems with native plants species
- Organizing local fishers’ cooperatives for more efficient fishing and post-harvest processing
- Organizing local farmers’ cooperatives for climate resilient agriculture
Md Kutub Uddin
Advisor and Community Organizer, Coastal Protection Program
Email: uddinkutubmd [at] gmail [dot] com
Syed Tarikul Islam, ED, ACLAB
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