Project Goal, Approaches and Strategies

The CBSMTH project was designed with three different phases namely preparatory, development and consolidated phase.

The preparatory phase (Phase-I) from December 2006 to April 2009 was geared towards confirming the interest of government and communities to collaborate in managing the biodiversity of Tanguar Haor, while ensuring well-being of communities. During this phase, a co-management system was developed in order to fetch benefits for the poor.

Based on the experiences of the preparatory phase, the development phase (Phase-II) from May 2009 to June 2012 includes 88 villages within a single management unit. This phase focuses capacity building for promoting alternative livelihoods amongst the extreme/ultra poor, especially women.  After successfully implementing the development phase; the consolidated phase (Phase-III) of the project has been instigated in July 2012 to June 2015 for next three years considering the concluded findings of the independent reviewer in June 2011.

To continue development and consolidation of the co-management institutions with a phasing out mechanism, the consolidation phase (Phase-III) has been extended for a year following a ‘2 months no cost Extension’ (July 01′ 2015 – August 31′ 2015. The CBSMTH project is currently passing 1-year extension of the 3rd phase which is scheduled to end on August 2016.


Preparatory Phase: Initiate and test a co-management system for Tanguar Haor and obtain necessary policy, administrative and community support to commence a comprehensive co-management system for Tanguar Haor in future.

Development Phase: Establish a functional co-management system for conservation, stabilization and sustainable use of the natural resources of Tanguar Haor that generates opportunities for significant improvements in the livelihoods of rural communities and contributes to the costs incurred by management.

Consolidation Phase: A co-management system for the Tanguar Haor Ramsar site is in place which conserves ecosystem values and services and provides a basis for an improvement of livelihoods for rural communities.


Participatory Resource Management Project (approach)
Co management institutions
Livelihood enhancement (IGA)


15 year program
3 phases
Ramsar wise use principle (Link to ramsar)
Co management model
1(one) waterbody 1(one ) organization

The project strategy is to build a co-management system for the Tanguar Haor Ramsar site by providing technical and capacity building support to representative community structures and to government structures charged with the maintaining of natural, ecological and economic values of the site. This consolidated Phase of the project will cover what has been envisaged as a multi-phased effort to build a co-management scheme to manage and ‘Wise-use’ the resources (conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and their resources for the benefit of humankind) of Tanguar Haor.