The countries that border the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand are among the most populous countries in the world. Over 400 million people live in the Bay of Bengal area and their numbers are increasing rapidly. The majority of these people is poor and relies heavily on the marine resources which are being affected by overfishing, removal or degradation of important marine habitats, and pollution.
Over the five years, these countries has been working together through the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project and lay the foundations for a coordinated programme of action designed to improve the lives of the coastal populations through improved regional management of the Bay of Bengal environment and its fisheries.
The BOBLME Project has been working to do the following:
|•||Bring the countries surrounding the Bay of Bengal together to work to recover the health of the Bay of Bengal, rejuvenate its living resources, and improve the livelihoods of the coastal populations.|
|•||Improve coastal management capabilities through targeted capacity building and strengthening of policy, legal and institutional capabilities in each country.|
|•||Take steps to involve coastal communities in management decision making.|
|•||Improve the lives of coastal communities through better management of the environment and the fisheries resources as there will be less dependence on fisheries for income; and for those people that do fish for a living, the health and sustainability of the fisheries resources will be improved.|
The BOBLME- Bangladesh website is the key communications tool of the BOBLME Project in Bangladesh. Also the website serves as a communication platform for Bay of Bengal fisheries and environment of Bangladesh.