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Perception on trends and spatial changes of coastal resources in Munshigonj

A local level workshop was held in Munshigonj, SW Bangladesh as part of the WD-NACE project
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WD-NACE researchers met livelihood groups from Munshigonj and discussed resource trends.

  • The response was that 20 yrs ago all the resources were abundant
  • Extraction started mostly from 10yrs ago and many became overexploited

Trends in different resources are summarised in the table below:

Resource

20 yrs ago

10 yrs ago

The Sundarbans

Diverse varieties of flora and fauna was found

The biodiversity started to decrease

Embankment

Good condition of the embankment

Started weakening, decrease width

Rivers

Big cargo was used to run through this river. Many varieties of fishes were found. The water was fresh and saline free.

The river lost her depth and fishes and aquatic flora are lost. Water started to become saline slowly.

Agriculture

Abundant crop fields were available and rice production was sufficient.

Crop field started reducing due to shrimp cultivation and rice production started declining fast.

Shrimp

No shrimp cultivation in this area

Shrimp farming became popular

Potable Water

Everyone was able to drink water from ponds etc, there was no salinity

Salinity intrusion started. Salinity was found in some places

Acknowledgement:

This work was funded by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme (ESPA) as project number NE/I00288X/1. ESPA is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), as part of the UK’s Living with Environmental Change Programme (LWEC).

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