RIEL Seminar Series - Recent trends in forest and livelihood relationships of rural communities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region, Bangladesh


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Presenter:  Dr Ronju Ahammad

Date: Dec 06, 2019

Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Contact person:  Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods
T: +61 8 8946 6413
E: riel@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Charles Darwin University, Yellow 1.1.39, Casuarina Campus

Forests provide a range of ecosystem services benefits to the livelihoods of rural people in many tropical developing countries. But human activities including deforestation and associated forest-cover changes affect the ecosystems in sustaining forest benefits at local and global levels.

This presentation will explain the findings on the relationships between forests and livelihoods of rural communities in the upland Chittagong Hill Tracts region (CHT) region of Bangladesh. It will provide information on the differences of forest benefits used and perceived across wealth classes, changes in perceptions of forest cover and trends in forest dependence of rural communities due to forest and non-forest land-use changes in different landscape contexts (i.e. remote, intermediate and on-road zones) of this region.

Ronju Ahammad obtained a PhD in the broad field of “Natural Research Management” with specialisation in forest and agriculture systems. Over the past years, he worked for international research and development organisations and gained excellent research skills on cross-cutting issues within forest and agrarian change, poverty and livelihood development, and management of natural resources in tropical developing countries. Some of his research works have been published in peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Ecosystem Services, Science of the Total Environment, Forest Policy and Economics and Journal of Coastal Conservation and Planning).