As we visit the Vietnamese Kon Chu Rang Nature Reserve, we understand what NGOs do here to build up an effective protected area management in an area that has lacked sufficient law enforcement and community awareness in the past.
The Mekong River bursts with color and life, hosts rich aquatic life and boasts one of the world’s most diverse and productive inland fisheries. However, massive hydropower projects are threatening the future of the Mekong ecosystem. That’s why communities living along the Mekong River Basin have joined hands to push for change.
The Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest shared by Bangladesh and India, is threatened by coastal erosion, climate change, and deforestation. Many of those living near the Sundarbans exist below the poverty line, depending heavily on the forest’s resources. The Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) helps these vulnerable communities benefit from ecological restoration in a unique way.
The dry deciduous forests of Northern Chhattisgarh host one of India’s largest sloth bear populations. But unfortunately, sloth bears don’t have a good reputation here. Quite the contrary, they are considered by many to be one of the most dangerous wild animals in the area.
Conservationists are now trying to identify the last islands with substantial bear populations in the region of Marwahi. But what will it take to protect Marwahi’s decreasing sloth bear population in a highly cultivated landscape?
The forests of Hasdeo are called the lungs of India’s Chhattisgarh state. Sadly for its inhabitants, Hasdeo grows atop of a huge coalfield, and the government decided to start mining it. Fast forward thirteen years, the Save Hasdeo movement is fighting tirelessly against the total diminishment of the natural ecosystem of Hasdeo.