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Nature-based solutions (NbS) are effective for wave erosion protection in Haor

Mizanur Rahman

Murta, as NbS is an efficient and effective means of wave erosion protection and flood-resilient livelihood generation for flood-affected communities of Haor islands

Center for People and Environ organized a workshop on “Lessons sharing on Piloting and Knowledge Co-Creation on Nature-Based Solutions” at the CNRS Training Center in Tahirpur, Sunamganj. The organization has conducted action research on Piloting and Knowledge Co-Creation on Nature-Based Solutions to protect wave erosion and promote flood-resilient livelihoods in flood-affected islands of Hakaluki Haor, Sunamganj. The action research is funded by Adaptation Research Alliance. In the workshop, Muhammad Abdur Rahaman, the research team leader, and director of the Center for People and Environ presented the study findings. Mr. Rahaman said the Center for People and Environ (CPE) attempted to solve the ongoing problem of wave erosion in the Haor islands through a nature-based solution. He also stated that Tahirpur is one of the most climate and flood-area of Haor districts. Before the innovative intervention, CPE conducted community vulnebraiility and measured erosion in an island. In the mid-July, they planted murta plans around the island and measured erosion scientifically. In early November, with the leadership of Mr. Rahaman, they also measured erosion and found the island was not eroded like in previous years. Under the intervention, the CPE also introduced value-added Shital pati production from the Murta. More than 20 families are involved with shital pati production and selling to local and national markets, and ensure their livelihoods during the monsoon.

Muhammad Abdur Rahaman, Director, Center for People and Environ

In childhood, we saw there were a lot of Murta around the islands and there were many species of birds, He also said that Murta was protected wave during a flood so that there was no erosion or less erosion. But now there is no bird, and island erosion is an island.

Mr. Md. Junab Ali, Chairman, Tahirpur Union said that Murta has an ecological advantage. In childhood, we saw there were a lot of Murta around the islands and there were many species of birds, He also said that Murta was protected wave during a flood so that there was no erosion or less erosion. But now there is no bird, and island erosion is an island. He also thanks CPE for the innovative activity” In the knowledge co-creation sessions, community members shared their experiences and insights with a positive attitude. In the workshop, upazila-level government and non-government organizations, Livestock Officers, journalists, development workers, and activists participated with other community beneficiaries.

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