Normally when a complex is being planned to construct a multistory housing apartment in a compact city like Dhaka of Bangladesh, the rich ecology there are left unattended and unwatered for the long period of 12 to 18 months between the agreement signing and obtaining authority approval. Most of the plants die in the mean time. Slum dwellers collect some for fuel wood. The left over are bulldogged and thrown away by the company while construction starts.
But in this unique initiative of a tiny Farmers’ Research Institute Krisoker Sor (Farmers’ Voice), we were courageous enough to take the initiative of saving the +95 species of plants, trees and herbs. More that 5000 plants were saved finally and have been relocated.
Four group of stakeholders were mainly related to the initiative. Namely, the fund provider, ecology owner, construction company and the community around.
Fund provider was ready to fund on installment. So there was always risk of loosing fund if failure prevailed in any stage.
We had to demonstrate affection and technical knowhow to the ecology for long four years to convince the owner. But at later stage, we had to buy the whole ecology with the estimation of fuel wood.
Construction company is always hurry to clear the existing ecology and thus make the land barren. Thus to ease the planning procedure. For that reason, there were great pressure to the owner for handing over the complex. The owner played his role in a very efficient way. So we have enough time to prepare the plants to shift.
The community around was the most difficult stakeholder to be convinced. But a series of meetings and regular demonstration made them ease to support the initiative. Children in the community played a critical role here.