The development objective of the Sustainable Forests and Livelihoods (SUFAL) Project for Bangladesh is to improve collaborative forest management and increase benefits for forest dependent communities in targeted sites.The Sustainable Forests & Livelihoods Project (SUFAL) aims to improve forest management and increase benefits for forest dependent communities in targeted sites by financing nearly 79,000 hectares of forests on public and private lands, including about 22,000 hectares of coastal green belt across 147 Upazilas (sub-districts). The project will directly benefit about 40,000 forest dependent households – with special emphasis on women and adolescent girls – by increasing their participation in forest management and access to diversified income generation options. In addition, about 180,000 people will benefit throug involvement in collaborative forest management activities. The Bangladesh Forest Department will also receive support through training and skills development opportunities.
First component, Strengthening Institutions, Information Systems and Training will focus on improving organizational capacity, administrative and operational procedures, research and information systems, that will enable implementation of other components of the project and have wider positive impacts across the Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD) that last well beyond the project.
It has five sub-components.
i) strengthening organizational capacity;
ii) applied research;
iv) strengthening monitoring, information management systems and forest inventory; and
v) communications and outreach.
Second component, strengthening collaborative forest and protected areas management will finance restoration and afforestation through collaborative forest management (CFM) which will give forest dependent communities a stake in the management of forests and protected area (PAs).
It has three sub-component.
i) institutionalizing collaborative forest management;
ii) restoration of degraded forests, coastal green belt and renovation of field infrastructure; and
iii) improving protected areas and wildlife management;
Third component, increasing access to alternative income generating activities (AIGAs),forest extension services and trees outside forests (TOF).
It has three sub-components. i) community mobilization and organization; ii) alternative income generating activities (AIGAS);
and extension services and trees outside forests (TOF);
Fourth component, project management, monitoring and reporting will finance the BFD's project management unit (PMU) at the headquarters and in the 28 districts where field implementation will take place.
To improve collaborative forest management and increase benefits for forest dependent communities in targeted sites.