Annual Report 2015: Policy engagement

ICIMOD Framework for Chittagong Hill Tracts Helps Point Way to Sustainable Development  

About 10 per cent of Bangladesh is a rugged landscape very different from the rest of the country. The Chittagong Hill Tracts includes around 40 percent of the country’s forest and is home to 12 tribal groups with unique cultures but high levels of poverty.

The development of this fragile ecosystem with its ethnically distinct, marginalized people will be assisted over the next five years by a plan crafted by ICIMOD in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh. The Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development in the Chittagong Hill Tracts is now part of the Bangladesh Planning Commission’s seventh five-year plan, which means that donors and agencies who engage in development work in the area will be following the framework. 

ICIMOD focused closely on the nuances specific to the region’s people, such as local types of land ownership and traditional institutions, to devise a framework that would help to protect the area’s character and uniqueness while advancing opportunities for Bangladesh’s mountain people.