Project start date and status:

2012

Ongoing

Primary Investigator:

Sayam Chowdhury

Project Fishing Cat Bangladesh consists a group of young conservation biologists of Bangladesh led by Sayam Chowdhury. Sayam has been working on globally threatened species conservation and research in Bangladesh and abroad over the last 10 years.

Nazim Uddin Prince and Md. Foysal are mainly working with local communities in order to understand conflicts and implementing mitigation work. Both of them have vast experience with local people. Sakib Ahmed assists with secondary data analysis, report and proposal writing aspects of the project. Dr. Shimona Quazi is an advisor of the project; she reviews the social and natural scientific standards and procedures of the field operations.

Project aims:

<ul>
<li>Collect baseline information on fishing cat ecology in Bangladesh.</li>
<li>Understand and mitigate conflict with locals in order to ensure long-term conservation at Hail Haor, northeast Bangladesh.</li>
</ul>

Objectives:

<ul>
<li>Understand the human-fishing cat conflict in the project site.</li>
<li>Reduce conflicts through community awareness programs, outreach events and innovative approaches at the project site.</li>
<li>Train and engage selected members of the local communities to collect data, rescue captured or injured fishing cats and ideally formulate a local cat conservation/response team.</li>
<li>Understand the population status of the fishing cat at Baikka Beel and
surrounding areas, Hail Haor, northeast Bangladesh.</li>
</ul>

The long-term objective for this project:

The Fishing Cat is protected in its key habitats including zones outside protected areas in Bangladesh, and to create a way forward for its long term conservation.

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