From observations throughout the year, one of the important findings was that, not only the ‘approved’ routes, domestic and trans-boundary vessels are using almost all navigable waterways in the forest.
When I first visited the area in 2008, it had only six crab buying house operating seasonally. Now, there are thirty at least, open all year round.
Challenges to the marine environment and local livelihoods can be turned into potential economic opportunities, and sustainably addressed at the same time.
When approaching the sea through Bangladesh’s southernmost locality Teknaf, stories of desperate people in a densely populated coast will gradually unveil themselves before you. You’ll pass through water and soil salty enough for no agriculture, you’ll meet communities taking boat journeys across the ocean for a ‘paying job’ and finally the hilly roads will take you the Bay of Bengal where the fish are disappearing.