Cyclone Affected Aquaculture Rehabilitation Project

Published on 19 May 2010

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Start Date: 1 March 2008 | End Date: 30 April 2010


Project: On 15 November 2007, Cyclone Sidr damaged the southern coastal districts of Bangladesh causing loss of some 3,000 lives and rendering many hundreds of thousands homeless and destitute. The goal of this project would be to re-establish and enhance the productive capacities of cyclone Sidr affected fish, shrimp, and prawn farmers as well as contribute to the restoration of farmer livelihoods in six districts across the south and southwestern areas of Bangladesh. By partnering with 01 International and 16 non-governmental organizations, an estimated total of 93,237 households have been supported in their efforts to re-establish the productive potential of their fish, shrimp, prawn and vegetable farms, and establish farm product marketing value chain. Capturing lessons learned from this project may also add to understanding of post-disaster coping strategies. The WorldFish Center work in Aceh and the Solomon Islands, as well as the projects led by WorldFish Center in Bangladesh provide institutional experience to achieve results in this new context.


a. The role of aquaculture in cyclone prone areas was determined through coping strategy study to assess its potential as an asset and to what extent it is a liability.

b. Action research involved the analysis of the partner NGOs approaches to assess their practices for post-disaster intervention strategies. In order to do so, a performance assessment tool was developed by the project.

c. The project organized an environmental study to formulate an environmental management plan (EMP) to develop an EMP to address the adverse impacts of project intervention on environment if any.

d. The existing technologies were modified to skip disaster prone period and obtain quick returns from aquaculture.

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