Discovery of a Potential Site for Community-Based Sustainable Ecotourism in the Sundarbans Reserve Forests, Bangladesh

Haque, M.Z., Reza, M.I.H., Alam, M.M., Ahmed, Z.U., and Islam, M.W. 2016. Discovery of a Potential Site for Community-based Sustainable Ecotourism in the Sundarbans Reserve Forests, Bangladesh. International Journal of Conservation Science, 7(2): 553-566.

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Mohammad Haque

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Mohammad Reza

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Md. Mahmudul Alam

Universiti Utara Malaysia

Zahir Uddin Ahmed

University of Manchester

Md. Wasiul Islam

Khulna University

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Conservation of biological diversity is a pressing need and protected areas are the cornerstones for conserving remaining flora and fauna. However, forest dependent livelihood in countries like Bangladesh making this task very critical. In the case of the poor and forest-dependent livelihood in the Sundarbans area of Bangladesh, an eco-friendly ecotourism may provide an alternative livelihood, which may reduce the overexploitation from the valuable Sundarbans forest ecosystems. Furthermore, this initiative may also serve to aware people on the value of this unique ecosystems. Therefore, this study discusses the scope, benefits and challenges for developing sustainable ecotourism within the protected area. It focuses on the development of a potential site for sustainable ecotourism inside the Sundarbans Reserve Forest. Developing sustainable tourism spots inside the wildlife hub has a high demand among tourists and it is also necessary for the socio-economic development of the local community, moreover, the approach of community-based ecotourism (CBEM) is a suitable strategy for conservation of protected areas.

Keywords: Community Based Ecotourism (CBEM); biodiversity conservation; sustainability; site development; protected area

Suggested Citation

Haque, Mohammad and Reza, Mohammad and Alam, Md. Mahmudul and Ahmed, Zahir Uddin and Islam, Md. Wasiul, Discovery of a Potential Site for Community-Based Sustainable Ecotourism in the Sundarbans Reserve Forests, Bangladesh (2016). Haque, M.Z., Reza, M.I.H., Alam, M.M., Ahmed, Z.U., and Islam, M.W. 2016. Discovery of a Potential Site for Community-based Sustainable Ecotourism in the Sundarbans Reserve Forests, Bangladesh. International Journal of Conservation Science, 7(2): 553-566. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2943372

Mohammad Haque

National University of Malaysia (UKM) ( email )

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, Selangor 06010
Malaysia

Mohammad Reza

National University of Malaysia (UKM) ( email )

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, Selangor 06010
Malaysia

Md. Mahmudul Alam (Contact Author)

Universiti Utara Malaysia ( email )

Sintok, Kedah
Malaysia

Zahir Uddin Ahmed

University of Manchester

Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

Md. Wasiul Islam

Khulna University ( email )

Gollamari
Khulna, 8208
Bangladesh

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