Founder

Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

Briquette Factory Project

Project Introduction: 
Banshkhali was once well known for its thick forest cover and rich biodiversity. The hills, a part of the Arakan Range, was covered by thick Garjon and other native tree species like Amloki, Bohera, Chapalish, Dharmara, Dewe, as well as medicinal plants like Olot Kombal and Tokma. Over time; the hills got totally denuded due to severe human intervention.  Many of the above tree species regenerate profusely but are extracted by the local poor people who sell those as fuel wood in the local market to meet their both ends and survive at the margin of life. Arannyak Foundation has initiated a project entitled: “Restoration and Conservation of Biodiversity in the Denuded Hills of Banskhali, Chittagong” focused primarily on stopping resource extraction from the hills and allowing natural regeneration through people’s participation. The briquette project will ensure supply of fuel to meet household needs alternative to fuel wood extracted from the hills thus allowing natural regeneration and greening of the hills.

Project Agreement Number: BSRM/DAM-007484

Overall Objective:
Setting up of a Briquette Factory to Reduce Anthropogenic Pressure on the Hill Forest and thereby help Mitigate Climate Change.

Specific Objectives:

  • Make available supply of fuel to meet household needs alternative to fuel wood
  • Reduce anthropogenic pressure on the hills and  in the process help regeneration of the forest, and
  •  Provide income to poor women who will serve as sales agent of the briquettes

Outputs:

  • At least 75% of different stakeholders are able to narrate the positive impacts forest conservation can have on their lives and livelihoods.
  • School children are mobilized and energized to from Environment club in 03 school.
  • At least 80% of children at school are knowledgeable about the ill effects of deforestation and the positive impacts of forest conservation on lives and livelihoods.
  • At least 80% of women in project villages are aware of the positive impacts of forest conservation and smokeless oven use

Project Components: Environment, Alternative livelihood, Institutionalization

Major Activities:

  • Produce briquette as an alternative to wood as fuel
  • Reduce anthropogenic pressure on the hills and  in the process help regeneration of the forest, and
  • Provide income to poor women who will serve as sales agent of the briquettes

Project Participants (Direct):

Children(0-10)

Adolescent(11-17)

Youth(18-25)

Adult(26-60)

Senior Citizen(61+)

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Project Duration: April 2015 March 2020

Financial partner (Donor): BSRM

Implementing partner (if any): N/A

Project Location/s and number of Field offices:  Bhanskhali, Chittagong

Project Budget: 500,000

Number of project staffs and volunteers:

Staff (Regular)

Paid Volunteer

Non-Paid Volunteer

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Contact Person: Md. Jahangir Alam, AD and Head of CC&DRR Sector
Email: jalam.promit@gmail.com, j.alam@ahsaniamission.org.bd
Cell : 01710-231671