Since 1993 the Centre for Coastal Environmental Conservation (CCEC) is working on the awareness and conservation of the Bangladesh Sundarbans, UNESCO declared World Heritage site by preparing conservation education materials such as leaflet, poster, booklet, video and conducted environmental education training of the primary school teachers over 1000 teachers by using the education materials and by demonstrating video CD on cultural folk pot songs by engaging local cultural team. Another ways and means of awareness and conservation of the Sundarbans is by conducting sustainable harvesting training of the Sundarbans resource harvesters, the bawali (wood & thatch cutter), mawali (honey extractor) and jellay (fish & crab harvester) through conservation dialogues/trainings (More Details) and pot song demonstration (life show and video CD show). One of the major activity of the NGO CCEC is to build capacity i.e formation of groups and association of the Sundarbans resource harvesters and secure climate adaptive livelihood options by cultivating salt tolerant varieties of Rice (BR 23) and by culturing salt adaptive Fish (tilapia mozambica) by the climate vulnerable resource harvesting community following the Group Strategic Approach i.e. Co-Management Model . Empower the beneficiary target community by opening the bank account of their own and run Scheme Operation aiming to reduce poverty align with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) following the rules of Co-operative Society with the philosophy “United we stand taller” and policy advocacy towards reducing exploitation and increased solidarity of Sundarbans resource harvester families.
Organization work achievements can be summarized as follows;
Recently the organization has been awarded National Energy Globe Award internationally recognized hallmark for sustainability.https://www.energyglobe.info/en/award/ As part of the project "Expanding the Protected Area System to Incorporate Important Aquatic Ecosystems (EPASIIAEP)" commissioned by Bangladesh Forest Department funded by UNDP-GEF-MoEFCC, the organization is active on awareness raising among local communities for dolphin conservation, acquire knowledge for decision making, engage local fishermen, tour operator and other community members in discussions on adaptive management needed to ensure human-dolphin coexistence in Sundarbans ecosystem, and also a significant contribution towards achieving SDG14: Life below Water.