Role of co-management in wetland productivity

A case study from Hail haor in Bangladesh

Sabuj Kanti Mazumder, Simon Kumar Das, Mazlan Abd. Ghaffar, Md Habibur Rahman, Monoj Kumar Majumder, Lipi Rani Basak

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This study provides an overview of the current resources and fisheries status of the Hail haor, and identifies the scope of opportunities to evolve existing fisheries management strategies, focusing on fish biodiversity conservation. Hail haor is one of the largest, most important wetland in the North East Bangladesh, and covers an area of about 18,000 ha during the monsoon season. A fish catch survey was carried out in the fishing season (April to June 2013) in the studied areas. A total of 1310 individuals was found, representing 54 fish species. To preserve this wetland, the government introduced a comanagement system in 1998 through a project entitled “Management of Aquatic Ecosystems through Community Husbandry (MACH)”. Through this project some Resource Management Organizations (RMOs) were formed by involving all resource users and stakeholders from the adjacent haor regions. RMOs in Hail haor serve as a platform for bringing together community people and concerned stakeholders to work towards sustainable development of this haor. We compared the performance of Borogangina and Dumuria RMOs who are responsible for managing the major part of the Hail haor. The results of the survey report revealed that the Borogangina RMO performed better (score 80.60) than Dumuria RMO (score 66), because of superior communication with authorities and more effective organizational capabilities. Nevertheless, resource users in both RMOs benefitted after establishing the co-management system in the Hail haor. Several management strategies were suggested by the stakeholders including continuing co-management, increasing monitoring, and the findings are discussed in the context of overall developments in the Hail haor fisheries and community development, and also biodiversity management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-482
Number of pages17
JournalAACL Bioflux
Volume9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2016

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biodiversity
monsoon season
community development
project management
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Keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Haor
  • Inland fishery
  • Livelihoods
  • NGO
  • Resource management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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Mazumder, S. K., Das, S. K., Abd. Ghaffar, M., Rahman, M. H., Majumder, M. K., & Basak, L. R. (2016). Role of co-management in wetland productivity: A case study from Hail haor in Bangladesh. AACL Bioflux, 9(3), 466-482.

Role of co-management in wetland productivity : A case study from Hail haor in Bangladesh. / Mazumder, Sabuj Kanti; Das, Simon Kumar; Abd. Ghaffar, Mazlan; Rahman, Md Habibur; Majumder, Monoj Kumar; Basak, Lipi Rani.

In: AACL Bioflux, Vol. 9, No. 3, 21.05.2016, p. 466-482.

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Mazumder, SK, Das, SK, Abd. Ghaffar, M, Rahman, MH, Majumder, MK & Basak, LR 2016, 'Role of co-management in wetland productivity: A case study from Hail haor in Bangladesh', AACL Bioflux, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 466-482.
Mazumder, Sabuj Kanti ; Das, Simon Kumar ; Abd. Ghaffar, Mazlan ; Rahman, Md Habibur ; Majumder, Monoj Kumar ; Basak, Lipi Rani. / Role of co-management in wetland productivity : A case study from Hail haor in Bangladesh. In: AACL Bioflux. 2016 ; Vol. 9, No. 3. pp. 466-482.
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