Conservation and Livelihood Strategies of the Village Common Forest (Mouza Reserves) Communities in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh.
A few community-managed Village Common Forests (VCFs), or Mouza Reserves, play an important role in indigenous people's livelihood and environmental conservation in the region. This presentation, based on a study of 140 households in Rangamati and Bandarban districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts during December 2006 to December 2007, assesses the basic indicators in livelihood strategies and examines resource conservation practices. It is concluded that VCFs could act as models of resource conservation in the degraded hilly landscapes of Bangladesh but that the tenurial security of the VCFs will perhaps be a crucial factor towards the long term sustenance of VCFs.
Presentation at: ‘PEN: The Long Walk to Impact’, 4th PEN workshop, Barcelona, 8-12 January 2008, 14 pp.