The last stands of primary forest in Bangladesh are quickly disappearing from the Chittagong Hill Tracts
Creative Conservation Alliance
Is dedicated to the ecological and cultural preservation within Bangladesh’s last remaining wild places – a critical region of the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot.
Indigenous parabiologists are a foundation of our organization. Local community members - with little to no formal education - are trained to carry out basic scientific tasks such as collecting morphometric data, GPS logging, and telemetry work. These citizen scientists act as role models for their communities and serve as local conservation ambassadors for the region. Without these dedicated souls we would not have the manpower or requisite traditional ecological knowledge of the study areas to conduct our research.
By marketing traditional indigenous crafts we are providing sustainable and alternative incomes for local communities, empowering women artisans, sustaining our Schools for Conservation, and reducing local dependency on forest resources. Proceeds from every purchase go directly to the communities through an ethical social business model where they can be applied in a culturally-appropriate manner. By collaborating with local communities and other non-government organizations to train and engage a younger generation of artisans we are successfully reviving lost cultures. Our traditional ethnic crafts are currently being sold at Aranya boutique in Dhaka, Bangladesh and will be available internationally soon.
Utilizing Lawachara National Park in northeast Bangladesh as an experimental platform, we conduct species-specific research resulting in sustainable management decisions applicable to species conservation in human-modified landscapes throughout Asia. Globally-threatened Burmese pythons, elongated tortoises, and Chinese pangolins are currently being studied here with plenty of springboard research opportunities available. Our long-term goal is to facilitate both international and domestic research projects in this mixed-evergreen forest so if you are interested in conducting research in Bangladesh, please contact us."
We are building and supporting primary schools in the remotest areas of Bangladesh, for an amenable exchange of hunting and logging moratoriums protecting 27+ globally-threatened species including Asian elephants, 8 turtle species, Chinese pangolins, gaur, gibbons, hornbills, etc. Through this initiative, we can create indigenous-managed sanctuaries while bringing literacy and alternative livelihoods to the region to empower the local communities.
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