This edited volume focuses on the largest single tract contiguous mangrove forest in the world the Sundarbans exploring traditional knowledge, customary sustainable use and community-based innovation. The book analyses the current state of the Sundarbans, its multiple values and ecosystem services, to demonstrate that Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) is essential for the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. Not only does this play an integral role in realising SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 15 (life on land), it also actively contributes towards achieving many other goals and targets. It contributes a new understanding of sustainability by bringing human-nature relationships in view of the renewed interest in biodiversity and climate change heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The book links scientific knowledge with multi, inter, trans- disciplinary nature of ILK for sustainable development collected from the ground. It challenges the market-based approach in valuing the natural resources, and demonstrates that the valuation of environmental resources through market penetration pricing does not reckon the social benefits and values coproduced through complementarity between humans and nature.
Presents a comprehensive story of the Sundarbans with a focus on Indigenous local knowledge
Brings institutional vulnerability aspects and power-sharing arrangements into analyses of resource management
Challenges the market-based approach in valuing the natural resources
Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir is a professor at the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and is currently holding the charge of the Chairman of the Department. He is the chairperson of Unnayan Onneshan- a Dhaka based multidisciplinary think-tank, vice chairperson of IUCN Asia Regional Members Committee and chairperson of IUCN National Committee of Bangladesh. He has led numerous projects for diverse organisations including governments, development partners and international organisations at home and abroad. His latest books are Numbers and Narratives in Bangladesh's Economic Development (2021), Fiscal and Monetary Policies in Developing Countries: State, Citizenship and Transformation (2021), and the edited volume, COVID-19 and Bangladesh: Response, Rights & Resilience (2021).
Contenu Chapter 1: Introduction: The Sundarbans as our mind.- Chapter 2: Current state of terrestrial ecosystems: Evidence of resource vulnerability.- Chapter 3: Current state of biodiversity in marine and coastal ecosystems of the Sundarbans.- Chapter 4: Traditional knowledge and customary sustainable practices in terrestrial ecosystems.- Chapter 5: Traditional knowledge and customary sustainable practices in coastal and marine ecosystems.- Chapter 6: Multiple values of ecosystem services and human well-being.- Chapter 7: Multiple values of nature and transformational pathways.- Chapter 8: Climate change and its impact: Sundarbans as a Natural Wall.- Chapter 9: Biodiverse adaptation to Climate Change: Community-based mangrove Agro Aqua Silvi (CMAAS) Culture.- Chapter 10: Traditional Resource Users and Claiming of Rights.- Chapter 11: Resilience and TRUs Contribution to SDGs and Aichi Biodiversity Targets.- Chapter 12: Human-nature Cooperation for Well-being: Community Understanding on 'One Health Approach' in COVID-19 Era.- Chapter 13: Conclusions: A post 2020 biodiversity takeaway.