The lives of the locals in Sundarbans are mostly dependent on forest resources for different livelihood opportunities. However their regular interaction with the mangroves often leads them towards fatal encounters with wild lives. Moreover, over-exploitation of resources is disturbing the ecological balance of the entire region. To overcome this problem, the forest department along with the local JFMCs initiated Alternative Livelihood programs in Sundarban Tiger Reserve.
There are several ongoing alternative livelihood programs are running in different parts of the region. Among all of these, we are directly associated with the execution of Agarbatti, Gamcha and Brown rice production. We have conducted training programs where women of Local Self help groups participated with aspirations to work independently. Machine installation, maintenance and all other following services are also being regularly provided to them. In the long run it is expected to uplift their economic positions by helping them earn entirely on their own and most importantly mitigate the human-animal conflict.