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This is Maksud

Maksud is a Conservation Leader partnering with local communities to protect and restore the Sundarbans mangrove forests of Bangladesh for generations to come.

With your help

Maksud and his team can restore 100,000 mangroves in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh, protecting wildlife and coastal communities from natural disasters, while fighting global warming for the sake of all of us.

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The Sundarbans, Bangladesh

Bangladesh Environment and Development Society

Maksudur Rahman

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Why care

Mangroves protect people and wildlife in coastal regions from tropical cyclones. But they’re being cut down because of land exploitation, shrimp cultivation and the need for fuelwood. Mangroves also store co2, earning us precious time to reduce greenhouse emissions on a global scale.

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The work

Maksud is a Conservation Leader dedicated to restoring the Sundarbans’ mangrove forests of Bangladesh.

  • Maksud and his team will restore an additional 100,000 mangroves to create a buffer zone, which will not only protect the coastal households and embankment but also assist to improve their livelihoods, as well as contributing to reducing CO2 in the atmosphere.

  • A community-based action plan will be developed to restore and protect the mangroves together with the local communities.

  • The work will also include educational activities and contribute to empowering 20 coastal women by supporting them to establish mangrove nurseries. 

  • The planting of mangroves will also contribute to stabilizing the mangrove ecosystem by increasing mangrove coverage, creating a biodiversity hotspot.


Achievements

  • BEDS has planted over 230,000 mangroves in the Sundarbans coastal region of Bangladesh.

  • They've established an eco-village for solving the major complex social and environmental problems such as poverty, drinking water, electricity, cooking fuel, riverbank erosion, education, natural resources management and woman empowerment.

  • Within the eco-village, 4,594 people are getting 12, 000 liters of safe drinking water every day. 375 households received fuel-efficient cooking stoves. 2,800 solar lamps, 1,700 solar panels, 504 solar home systems and 100 solar generators. 200 batteries have been provided among 3,000 families. 

  • 4,050 students from 25 schools are getting basic environmental education. Villagers are learning environment-friendly farming and fishing techniques and local tour operators and tour guides received training on ecotourism.


Sustainable development goals
SDG 13 Climate Action
SDG 14 Life Below Water
SDG 15 Life on Land

The mission

Maksud is on a mission to protect and restore one of the world's biggest mangrove forests together with local communities.

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