Complete Projects


Name of the Project and accomplishment  Collaborating
Participatory Ecosystem Based Adaptation through  Afforestation  and Capacity Building of the Community for Sustainable Development in Dhalghata of Moheshkhali  Island, Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh

The major objective of the project are
The main purpose of the project is to raise community awareness and participatory ecosystem service development in the targeted area.

Major Activities:

  1. Formation community based group
  2. Providing hands on training on nursery raising to the members of CBGs
  3.  Providing hands on training on eco restoration of the members of CGBs
  4. Providing hands on training on climate change to the members of CBGs
July 2015- June 2016
3.2 Homestead Planting in Coastal Villages Mitigate the Climate Change  

The major objectives of the project are:

  1. To grow suitable tree species in the homesteads of coastal villages to mitigate the impact of climate change.
  2. To assist the homestead owners towards food security and additional income.
  3. To alleviate the poverty.
  4. To enhance carbon sequestration.
  5. To enhance the awareness of the rural people on climate change impact and its mitigation and adaptation.


Major Activities

  1. Capacity building of the group members.
  2. Conduct Reconnaissance  survey
  3. House to House survey
  4. Homestead plantation and its maintenance.
  5. Establish Nurseries.
  6. Organize local level workshop on Climate change impact

–     Focus Group discussion.


Funded by: Climate Change Trust Fund, Government of Bangladesh

Period: September, 2013 – continued


 3.3  Implementation of Biodiversity Conservation Management Plan of St. Martin’s Island ECA.

The main activities of the project are as:

Biodiversity conservation through community participation.
Restoration of Mangrove, sand dune, and screw pine.
Capacity building and awareness raising for local community.
One of the activities of the project is to alternative livelihood of the local community of CWBMP project.
Bangladesh POUSH had conducted a survey in St. Martin’s Island to identify the alternative livelihood option of the community people. Based on the survey finding POUSH has identified the alternative livelihood option for the community. POUSH has developed training materials for alternative income generation of the target community people and conducted several training for target community people to skill then to under the alternative income generation activities and ultimately as alternative livelihood for the betterment of the local target households. All households are now of the Village Conservation Group (VCG) member.

UNDP/GEF/DOE, Government of Bangladesh.

(Jan 2007-Jun 2012)


3.4 Community Based Biodiversity Conservation at St. Martin’s Island, Bangladesh.

The specific Objectives are as:

  1. Development of Community conservation group.
  2. Conservation & Regeneration of mangrove, screw pine & sand dune vegetation.
  3. Capacity building of the community groups towards restoration of screw pine, mangrove & sand dune vegetation.
  4. To raise community awareness and education on biodiversity conservation.
  5. Conservation and protection of marine turtle, coral and other marine resources.     
Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF) Japan.



Major Activities:

  1. Organize community meetings on importance of Mangrove Screw pine & sand dune vegetation ecosystem and other threatened biodiversity
  2. Meetings with the community groups to facilitate the development of group’s aims, objectives, norms, and principles.
  3. Plantation  of Mangrove & Screw spine
  4. Care taking and Management of the planted seedlings
  5. Mangrove nursery established with a capacity of 50000
  6. Increase capacity of Community Groups
  7. Awareness on Mangrove Ecosystem
  8. Disaster preparedness
  9. Local level workshop on mangrove restoration and disaster preparedness
  10. Awareness creation among the CBO’s NGOs, local government, Educational Institutions, etc.

3.5 Community Mobilization for Biodiversity Conservation in three ECA of Cox’s Bazar district under Coastal& Wetland Biodiversity Management Project (CWBMP) of DOE/ MOEF.

Bangladesh POUSH is implementing community Mobilization for Biodiversity Conservation in three ECAS of Cox’s Bazar district a Component of Coastal & Wetland Biodiversity Management Project of Department of Environment, Government of Bangladesh with financial support from GEF/UNDP.
The main objective of the project was to organize village conservation groups, building their capacity and develop participatory action plan development for conservation and management of biodiversity in ECAS.

–  Under this project we have successfully completed socio-economic base line
Survey and prepared report, land use survey and prepared report.
–  Participatory action plan developed by involving local community.
–  Natural resource survey and prepared report.
–  We also conducted RSS and prepared report over one and a half year period
–  We have submitted that report to the client in time.










Funded by- UNDP/ GEF/ Department of Environment, GOB.

(Jan 2004-Mar 2005)




3.6  Non formal Primary Education

Eleven non- formal primary education centers were operating with the financial assist from RICOH Co. Ltd. Japan for the children of the poorest family in the remote coastal area in Cox’s Bazar coastal district. In each centre is for 30 children. Student belongs to 6 to 12 years old. In addition with the normal elementary education visual educational materials like poster on different environmental message use for the students for better understanding of the environment. At present 330 children have completed three years courses. The demand of this non formal education centre in the area has increased.

RICOH Co. Ltd and RCJ Japan.

3.7  Post Literacy and Continuing Education for Human Development

Bangladesh POUSH has successfully implemented project on Post Literacy and Continuing Education for Human Development under non-formal Primary Education in Manda upazila under Naogaon district. The project is implemented by Ministry of Primary and Mass Education.

Major Activities:

1.  Post literacy course completed of 2700 learner.
2.  Skill Development Training of 2700 Male & Female learner.
3.  Income generating training of 2700 Male & Female learner.
4.  Capacity building training of 45 Mail & 45 Female Training of Different Rural
Areas of Bangladesh.


Funded by Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, GoB.



3.8 Sustainable Conservation of Mangrove Forest & Marine Turtles through Community Participation in Sonadia Island, Cox’s Bazar of Bangladesh

Bangladesh POUSH has successfully implemented project titled Sustainable Conservation of Mangrove Forest and Marine Turtle through Community Participation in Sonadia Island under Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh. The purpose of the project was to conserve the rich ecosystem and biodiversity hotspot by mangrove afforestation, protection of globally significant marine turtle through community participation and capacity building of the target community people through different training.


The specific objectives of the project :

  1. Restoration of mangrove.
  2. Capacity building of the community people towards mangrove restoration, Nursery establishment, & turtle conservation through different skill development training.
  3. Raise community awareness & education on resource conservation.
  4. Ensure safe breeding ground for turtle.


Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF) Japan.

(April 2005-Mar2007)


3.9 Community Based Coastal Wetland Management Building Capacity and organizing Communities at Badarkhali, Chakaria, Cox’s Bazar.

Bangladesh POUSH has successfully implemented Community Based Coastal Wetland Management Building Capacity and organizing Communities in Badarkhali, Chakaria under Cox’s Bazar district. This initiative was for demonstrating enhancement of capacity through knowledge sharing and application in managing wetland resources & livelihoods.
The main focus of this project was as follows:

–         To facilitate community organization and group toward assessment, planning and management of wetland resource & livelihoods.
–         To facilitate communities to protect existing important wetland sites for resource regeneration.
–         Mobilize Communities for Conservation, protection &
Sustainable use of wetland resources.
–         Encourage various economic and community activities which are operated and managed by the community organizations.
–         To share and learn from the knowledge and experience generated and
applied, including tools, techniques adopted.

Japan Fund for Global Environment
(JFGE), Japan

(April 2004-Mar2007)




3.10  Conservation of Hill Forest Ecosystem and Biodiversity in Harbang, Cox’s Bazar through Community Participation

Bangladesh POUSH has successfully implemented the project in Harbang, Cox’s Bazar based on  the  learning’s  of  its  earlier success with the Harbang model of peoples’ participatory forestry. This initiative, titled Conservation of Hill Forest Eco-system and Bio-diversity Through Community Participation Takes  a  step  further in exploring and consolidating community capacity to assess, plan, implement, maintain  the hill forest ecosystem & distribute benefits within the community partners.

The main focus of the initiative were  to
–         bring about the desired changes on a physical scale on the denuded and degraded hilltops through project interventions;
–         develop appropriate capacity to plan, establish and maintain regenerative forests; and
–         actually allow some of the products and services of the community based regenerative forestry to be shared and utilized by the community.

Establishment of Community based Management of Forest resources.

(1)      Established 10 (ten) Community groups, each consisting 15 members (Men & Women) in the project area.
(2)      Established 10 nurseries, each with the capacity of 8000 seedling/
sapling/ year.
(3)      Maintain 10 nurseries for seedling/raising
(4)      Completed Land Lease Agreement
(5)      Planted of 50,000 various local tree species for reforesting 50 acres of denuded Hill forest land.
(6)      Maintenance of 50 acres plantation.

Increase the Capacity of Community groups for Forest and Biodiversity Management.

(1)      Training provided to 10 community groups on group management, awareness on forest eco-system & bio-diversity, nursery establishment, tree plantation & management.

Training of the community people to plan alternatives to reduce pressure on Forest resources.

(1)      Conducted skill development training for 20 (twenty) community people on nursery raising technique, agroforestry, and homestead forestry, planting techniques, grafting techniques.


Sharing of perspectives and concerns on forest ecosystem and
Biodiversity conservation.

(1)      Arranged a Workshop at local level, to develop understanding and sharing of perspectives and learning on forest ecosystem and biodiversity conservation on forest eco-system and bio-diversity. Workshop proceeding published & distributed among NGOs, GOB relevant department policymakers, Educational institutions, community people etc.

7.         Complete benefit sharing agreement:

–         The benefit sharing agreement has made of the regenerative forestry products among the community organizations who will receive 60 percent, the landowner (30 percent) and POUSH (10 percent) of the tree products.

This project implemented during the period from 1st April 2002 to March 2006.


 Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF), Japan.

(April 2002-Mar 2006)


3.11  Mobilizing Communities in Protection, Conservation and management of Coastal Fisheries Resources

Bangladesh POUSH, in coalition with Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) and Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) has successfully implemented a component of the project, Empowerment of Coastal Fishing Communities (BGD/97/017) in Cox’s Bazar, Moheshkhali, Ramu and Ukhiya Upazilas. The project implemented by Department of Fisheries with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The project engages a number of service providers from the NGOs to assist the project in achieving its objectives within the given framework of project concept, strategy and institutional arrangement. The development objective of the project is to promote livelihood security of the poor coastal fishing communities and protection, conservation and management of coastal fisheries resources.

FAO/ Department of Fisheries, GOB.

(Jan 2003-Nov 2006)



3.12  Social Afforestation and Nursery Development

POUSH has completed three-year project on Afforestation and Nursery Development with the assistance of RICOH CO.LTD., Tokyo, Japan.
About 80000 seedlings of different tree species were raised and planted on 60 acres of denuded land in 3 Upazila of Tangail & Sherpur districts, 100 community people benefited during the period of 2000 to 2004.

LTD. Japan.



3.13 Free Distribution of Seedlings to the Local Peoples (Period of implementation: 2001-2007)

As a part of awareness program POUSH distribute seedling among the local people free of cost to increase the tree cover in homestead areas of the households and also to increase biomass production for the benefits of the rural people. POUSH distributed 70,000 seedlings in 2001-2007 among the local people at the different project locations mentioned. Accordingly POUSH is being distributed on an average 5,000 seedling of different tree species among the local people yearly.

POUSH own contribution



3.14 Coastal Green Belt Project at Chakaria Upazila of Cox’s Bazar District  (Period of implementation: 2000-2003)

Under this project a total of 240 local community people were trained on protection and management of planted trees of coastal belt. Now 240 local people are engaged in protecting and managing about 15 km. of plantation raised (2000-2001) with Assistance of Asian Development Bank and Department of Forest, GOB.

ADB/Forest Department, GOB.



3.15 Enhanced Environment Awareness Among Children, Teacher and Local people. (Period of implementation: 1999-2001)

Enhanced Environmental Awareness among children, Teacher, and local people using Audio-visual materials in Rural Areas of Bangladesh.
This two-year’s project has been successfully implemented by POUSH with the Financial assistance from JFGE, and in collaboration with Ramsar Center Japan in the year of 1999 and 2001. Over 2500 community people and 1000 children, 100 school teachers benefited.

JFGE, Japan.





3.16 Non-formal Environmental Primary Education (Period of implementation: 1996-1998)

Seventy Primary Education Centers were established in different remote rural areas under 14 upazilas and operated for the poor children over the period of 1996 to 1998. Over 6300 poor Girls & boys benefited from this project all the students successfully completed 3 years primary courses (i.e. Class-III).




3.17 Biological Protection of Embankments in Coastal Area of Cox’s Bazar(Two Polders) (Period of implementation: 1992-1993)

Bangladesh POUSH was one of the three NGOs which participated in the implementation of Biological Protection of Coastal Embankment by involving local people sponsored by Bangladesh Water Development Board. POUSH implemented this Biological Protection of Coastal Embankment pilot project at Polder No. 66/1 under Cox’s Bazar Upazilas and at Polder No.69 under Moheshkhali Upazilas of Cox’s Bazar district during the year of 1992-1993.

This programme was evaluated by consultants of BWDB, and in their final report it was nominated as a programme viable for replication. Several consultants from The World Bank and UNDP also visited the project site and were satisfied with the achievement of the project. The consultants also discussed elaborately with POUSH on development of participatory methods for biological protection of coastal embankments. This subsequently resulted in the formulation a methodology for replication in other parts of the country.

WFP/Water Development Board, GOB.




3.18  Nursery Development  (Period of implementation: 1991-1996)

For the Social Forestry Programme of its own, Bangladesh POUSH operated 24 central nurseries at 21 project sites under 11 districts. There were 3 nurseries located in Cox’s Bazar, Ramu and Chakaria Upazilas of Cox’s Bazar district with the capacity of 1.5 lakh seedling raising capacity. POUSH Nursery Workers mainly Women got the training in Nursery raising technique by the Local Forest Department staffs. Every year on an average POUSH  raised about 1.0 million seedlings of different tree species which were used for the following project components:-

  1. Tree Plantation and Social Forestry programme of POUSH
  2. Free distribution of seedlings among the local people
  3. Free distribution of seedlings to School Children
  4. Distribution of seedlings among local institutions.


Nursery Development through Contract Growers System

Beside the central nurseries, POUSH also has developed a contract grower system for nursery development. POUSH selects women from the disadvantaged, destitute and landless group. After selection, they are trained in nursery development and seedling raising at initial stage and supported by POUSH for the inputs. Later on, successful contract growers are trained on horticultural tree improvement techniques i.e. budding, grafting & air layering. During the process, these contract growers become technical resource persons at village level.

The species for the nurseries are selected on the basis of the demand in the local market. After selling the seedling the contract growers return the loan. Bangladesh POUSH has already developed 50 contract grower nurseries at Mohonpur of Rajshahi district, Kaliakoir and Joydebpur of Gazipur district and Ramu and Chakaria Upazilas of Cox’s Bazar district. The contract grower nursery development programme generates employment and income of rural poor destitute women.

WFP/Forest Department, GOB.



3.19-  Participatory Social Afforestation

A major activity of POUSH was to encourage the planting of useful varieties of trees in homesteads, private fallow land, and common access lands through participatory forestry. This activity has been carried out in fourteen upazilas of different environmentally degraded areas of Bangladesh. Assistance to this project has been obtained from the World Food Programme. The focus is in tree planting as well as protection of natural habitats, wildlife, wetlands, promoting income generating activities for the landless poor people and social transformation through non-formal education.
Over the past Twelve years (From 1990 to 2002) this program component has been implemented, POUSH has planted over two million trees in environmentally degraded areas. A total of 2200 acres of degraded land brought under plantation of different tree species by involving community people.

Over 4,000 poor families, who were given employment as tree maintenance workers. A special feature of POUSH extension work is the involvement of indigenous tribal people in the development activities. POUSH is the one of few NGOs working in the Hill Tracts district of Bangladesh and provided employment and assistance to Rakhine, Jhumia Mogh, Koach, Tipra and Chakma tribal.


POUSH Achievements on Participatory Forestry Programme

Under the Participatory Forestry Programme POUSH planted a total of 2.2 million different species of Trees and maintaining this number by involving community people in different degraded areas of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban, Sherpur, Gazipur, Tangail, and Netrokona district. Upto now 4000 Households from the local community have been involved & benefited directly as beneficiaries of this program.


WFP/Forest Department, GOB.