Assessment of land grabbing from protected forest areas of Bhawal National Park in Bangladesh

Kazi Mohammad Masum, Mohammad Nabidul Islam, Narayan Saha, Md Zobaer Hasan, Asyraf Mansor

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Abstract: Land grabbing has become the major problem in all the protected forest areas of Bangladesh during the last two decades. The study was conducted in Bhawal National Park, the tropical moist deciduous Sal (Shorea robusta C.F. Gaertn) forest ecosystem of Bangladesh. This area is going through a critical situation caused by industrial revolution. Already, 255.3 ha forest lands have been grabbed by 354 illegal industrial set-ups from the study area. In this study, grabbing of protected forestland by industries, their types, future grabbing trends, increasing population inside the forest area, causal factors of grabbing and impact on biodiversity have been analysed. Increasing practical conservation efforts supported by strong political will and ordinance for specific areas is essential to conserve the protected areas. Community-based conservation approaches need to be applied for mass awareness regarding the value of this ecosystem for sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-343
Number of pages14
JournalLandscape Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • impacts on biodiversity
  • industrialisation
  • Land use change
  • protected area
  • Sal forest of Bangladesh

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