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General information

Innovation ID357
Version ID272
Innovation TitleCommunity Fish Guards (CFGs) enhanced compliance in coastal biodiversity conservation in Bangladesh
Innovation description Enforcement agencies in Bangladesh have insufficient manpower, funds, equipment and transport. To provide the necessary support in patrolling the fish sanctuaries during the juvenile and brood hilsa ban periods, WorldFish through the EcoFish project has introduced the Community Fish Guards (CFGs), a unique initiative to encourage community ownership of the natural resources conservation. CGFs is a co-management process that offers community members an opportunity to engage in local economic development and governance activities.
Reporting Staff A.B.M. Haque (WF), Wahab Abdul (WF), Mohammad Rahman (WF)
Year (Reporting)2019
Reporting statusApproved
Innovation TypeProduction systems and Management practices

Stage reached

Stage of InnovationStage 4: uptake by next user
Year (Stage)2019
Stage DescriptionFour hundred (400) Community Fish Guards (CFGs) have been recruited, trained and deployed for helping Department of Fisheries, Coast guard and River police along the whole length of 6 fisheries sanctuaries in Bangladesh . A detail CFG guidelines have been prepared as part of the institutionalization.
Next User OrganizationNARES/NARS,CBOs (Community based organizations) and farmers' groups
Has a lead organizationyes
Lead OrganizationWorldFish
Top 5 contributorsInternational Union for Conservation of Nature; Wildlife Conservation Society; Bangladesh Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Department of Fisheries Bangladesh

Contributions and mapping

All partners
Main CRP CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems
Flagship project FP2-Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries
Cluster FP2-1-Resilient coastal fisheries
Other CRPs-Flagships-Clusters


Geographic scopeNational

Targeted outcomes

Main Sub-IDO More productive and equitable management of natural resources
Other Sub-IDO Increased capacity for innovation in partner development organizations and in poor and vulnerable communities
Other Sub-IDO


EvidencesConference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 44: 012018.

Innocent Bikara, Andressa Gutierrez. (2020). Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH—Bangladesh). Project brief Oct 2018- Dec 2019.

USAID_Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH-Bangladesh)_Annual Report Oct 2018 to Dec 2019

Linked Elements

Outcome Impact Case Hilsa Production and Fishers’ Income Increased due to co-management strategies aimed to enhance the socio-economic resilience of fishing communities in Bangladesh
The declaration of Nijhum Dwip Marine Protected Area (MPA) to generate more sustainable fishing and livelihoods while protecting the marine biodiversity in Bangladesh
The Fisherwomen Community Savings Groups (CSGs) in Bangladesh empower 6,000 poor women by providing visible economic and social benefits while conserving the biodiversity
Research and application of co-management strategies enhance the contribution to sustainable increase in hilsa production while providing socio-economic resilience for over 34,676 fishers in Bangladesh
Research and application of co-management strategies enhance the biodiversity conservation while providing socio-economic resilience for over 46,486 fishers in Bangladesh
Policy WorldFish contributed to the declaration of the Nijhum Dwip Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Bangladesh through S.R.O. No.211-Law/2019
Hilsa Conservation and Development Fund (HCDF) created and operational guideline formulated in Bangladesh
Operationalization of the Hilsa Conservation and Development Fund (HCDF) in Bangladesh