The project purpose is to regenerate and protect the endangered flora and fauna of the Sundarbans through the empowerment of local population, thus contributing to the improved resilience of the target group in the event of natural disaster as well as to improved living conditions of the target group.
The direct beneficiaries are 3,200 individuals from about 1,600 households and their families (about 800 persons). The beneficiaries will be chosen among specifically vulnerable households of the project region....
Marginalised and particularly vulnerable village communities in 16 villages located on two of the Sundarbans (Parthapratima, Ramganga block) are the target group of the project. Approx. 111,500 residents live in 19 villages within the project region, of which 3,200 individuals from 1,600 households are directly involved in the project activities. Approx. 100 households are identified from each village using a PRA survey and assigned to the various activities, based on a number of pre-defined criteria (particularly disadvantaged households, vulnerability to natural disasters, livelihood, potential, willingness to participate). It is typically the case that two people from each household take part in the project activities. There are five people living in each household on average. The number of direct beneficiaries (participants and family members) therefore totals 8,000. All of the residents on both islands (approx. 111,500 people) are indirect beneficiaries - primarily due to the reforestation measures as well as the measures to protect the eco-system and natural resources. Given that many measures are geared towards reducing emissions and protecting the eco-system and natural resources, i.e. towards increasing regional and global common resources, the total number of all indirect beneficiaries cannot be determined.
The endangered flora and fauna of the Sundarbans is being regenerated and protected in a sustainable manner, thanks to reforestation and empowerment of the local population with regard to resource management and positive management strategies, thus contributing to the improved resilience of the target group in the face of natural disasters.