Mohammad "Doha" Shamsuddoha, WildTeam, Bangladesh
*-Organization name: WildTeam
*-Organization full street address (in your local format): Cosmos Centre, 69/1 New Circular Road, Malibagh, Dhaka-1217, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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*-ORGANIZATION’S WORK: :
WildTeam is an international conservation organisation which began in 2003 as The Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (a registered Bangladesh non-profit organisation). From 2003, the Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh carried out research and education work in relation to Bengal tiger, Hoolock gibbon, Asian elephant, and Asian black bear. WildTeam is made up predominantly of Bangladesh staff, many of whom are from the local areas next to the Sundarbans, and some of whom have lost family members to tiger attacks. (Photo Above: Celebration with the WildTeam's trademark "Tiger Roar" at Nilkomol, Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh.
*-ROLE IN THE ORGANIZATION: I am currently working as Research officer in WildTeam. My primary responsibility is monitoring wildlife in Sundarbans through conducting field surveys. Currently I also provide various type of GIS support for research design to our research team by producing maps. In 2015/16, I was involved in “Tiger sign survey” and “Non-invasive DNA sampling” projects
history of your personal work in conservation and GIS: My journey in conservation field begins in 2007, when I got admitted in my University (Jahangirnagar University). From then, I have participated a number of field survey, studies and research work and voluntarily worked almost all forest regions of Bangladesh. I have experience in several conservation initiatives on Bengal Tiger, Asian elephant, Rhesus macaque, birds, amphibians and reptiles of Bangladesh. During my graduation, when I was working with Elephants in hilly areas, I identified several areas which were frequently used by elephant herds (with cubs) as resting places (in 2011). When I submit my article, our Forest department was very interested about the resting places. They wanted to investigate the place immediately and requested to me to provide a map. I don’t have any know-how on GPS or any other mapping knowledge. Then based on my high school geography knowledge, I provide them a handmade map. Then the FD people identified that area, and planted a significant number of shedding trees and 50 Banyan trees according to my study recommendation. I was so much happy when I saw they have taken steps according to my suggestions and my research contributed for the conservation of elephants. That’s the first map produced by me and that boosts up my interest on mapping! Then during my MSc. Thesis project (2013), I have learnt to produce maps. (Photo Right: Checking a Camera Trap)
what is the most unique and the most challenging about the conservation/GIS work that you do: Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest of the world has a unique ecosystem and supports a variety of wild faunas including our focal interest Royal Bengal Tiger. Conducting data collection survey inside the Sundarbans is very difficult, dangerous and expensive. Very sloppy and muddy soil, dense forest with strong and pointed pneumatophores, hot and humid weather, very foggy during winter, high salinity, strong tides of river and canals, deadly predators like Bengal tiger and Estuarine crocodile, high occurrence of pirates, long distance from human settlements, absence of cell phone network makes the area highly challenging for work.
*-Title of the paper you will present: Human-elephant interactions and associated damage in the northern transboundary areas of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh and estimated the scale of associated damage due to the negative interaction by visiting conflict area, performing FGDs, key informant interviews and using secondary data sources. Around 70-80 non-resident elephants regularly intruded to the study area through the international border fence using several trespassing points and engaged in conflicts with frontier villagers. We discussed the nature and scale of conflict and the financial losses due to the conflict. Besides severe casualties in both end, the enumerated economic loss was USD 11,71, 665 in 2013 and 2014 due to the damage to cropland, house and properties, trees and orchards etc. We have identified major HEC zones adjacent to the border fence through spatial analysis with different level of intensity. Appropriate HEC mitigation measure such as habitat improvement and management, monitoring of elephant population, alternative income generation, awareness programs for the local people and working together with India regarding this issue is a timely and urgent need for Bangladesh.