Joar eco cottage in Shyamnagar near to Sundarban, Munshiganj, Shyamnagar, Satkhira, Bangladesh © IUCN/Joar, 2014
Burigoalini and Munshigonj union are the part of Shymnagar Upazilla. Being in the Sundarban neighborhoods, tourist pressure is rising day by day in this area. Besides community is highly dependent on forest resources from Sundarban. In this regard the project aimed to prepare the community for eco-tourism as a means of promoting conservation and sustaining livelihood.
A network of families linked with the four eco-cottages as well as other existing guest houses are direct beneficiaries. These families are getting the opportunity to market and sell their services including boat ride in mangroves, hospitality, food and recreation to the tourists under the supervision of the MFF grantee Joar.
Ecotourism is a new concept for the community as well as tourists and income generation from the venture depends on tourist flow. At the same time eco-tourism does not promote excessive tourist flow as well.
Shyamnagar, Sakhira, Bangladesh
23rd Feb 2014 to 24th Feb 2015
BDT 1.65 million