Workshop on Economics of Mangroves and Coastal Ecosystems

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka. 24th Feb 2015 to 25th Feb 2015

This internal workshop provides a learning opportunity to MFF National Coordinators and young researchers of Bangladesh, Maldives, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, hands on training to understand the economics of valuing the coastal and mangrove ecosystem services.

With a view to understand economic values of the coastal and mangrove ecosystems in Bangladesh and a greater part of South Asia, MFF in Bangladesh partnered with the Asian Center for Development (ACD)–an organization affiliated with the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE)--and a network of independent environmental economists in South Asia to provide academic and research support.  

The workshop resource persons will include Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque, Advisor to SANDEE and Director, Asian Center for Development; Dr. Santadas Ghosh, SANDEE Fellow and Associate Professor at the Viswa Bharati University in West Bengal, India; Saudamini Das, SANDEE FELLOW and faculty member of Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi; and Dr. Heman D Lohano, from the SANDEE Secretariat.

The two-day learning event will cover technical sessions on research proposal writing. Current academic thinking on economic valuation will also be presented, with focus around the following topics:

  • Mangrove ecosystem and livelihood evidence from the Indian Sundarbans
  • Economics of regenerated mangrove in India
  • Mangrove ecosystem, mud-crab farming and value chains
  • Effectiveness of the ban on timber harvesting in the Sundarbans
  • Economic feasibility of silvo-fisheries in Chokorja Sundarbans
  • Effectiveness of small grants facility in Shyamnagar and options for upscaling
  • Survey techniques for coastal livelihood studies
  • Economics of River Ecosystem Services -- case study from Teesta River Bangladesh

Participants include MFF National Coordinators, small grant officers, and selected national researchers involved in conducting MFF studies on economic valuation.

For more information, please contact the MFF Regional Secretariat.

Fishermen processing fish for drying in Shyamnagar

Fishermen processing fish for drying in Shyamnagar, Shyamnagar, Satkhira, Bangladesh © IUCN, 2014