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PCJSS/JSS key persons:
Sudha Sindhu Khisa, President/ Rupayan Dewan, Vice President,/Tatindra Lal Chakma, General Secretary/. Responsibility shouldered on 11 July 2013.

Background: The present central committee was elected on 11 July 2013, on the 2nd day of the 3-day long 10th PCJSS national conference. The earlier committee (convening committee) was formed on 10th April 2010 when Mr. Santu Larma convened the 9th national conference (29-31 March 2010) in sheer violation of the party constitution and excluded a few hundred veteran leaders and members and also "formally" expelled 7 top veteran leaders (Chandra Sekhar Chakma, Sudhasindhu Khisa, Rupayan Dewan, Tatindra Lal Chakma, Eng. Mrinal Kanti Tripura, Advocate Shaktiman Chakma and Binoy Krishna Khisa) and also declared their capital punishment. The present leadership is determined to democratise the JSS under a collective leadership.

"The world suffers a lot not because of the violence of the bad people, But because of the silence of the good people." Napoleon (1769-1821).

Monday, September 10, 2012

US to help protect Kaptai Nat'l Park

New Age, Dhaka, Metro
Monday, September 10, 2012

Staff Correspondent

US ambassador Dan Mozena on Sunday attends a programme of wheat distribution under a project of school feeding and nutrition in Chittagong. — FNS photo

US ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer and US ambassador Dan Mozena on Sunday visited Kaptai National Park under the project of Integrated Protected Area Co-Management Project funded by US Agency for International Development. 

The delegation explored the park trails and discussed about natural conversion and government management to protect the natural areas with the local communities.

The discussion took place at Kaptai with representatives from the co-management committee, a village conservation forum, government officials and a women’s bamboo basket producers’ group.

IPAC has been working with local communities and Bangladesh government for the last three years to preserve the natural resources of Kaptai National Park. 

According to global climate change initiative of US president Barack Obama, IPAC works with the local communities through USAID for sustainable development. 
A key goal of IPAC is to provide income-generating opportunities to the local indigenous communities to offer alternatives to unsustainable exploitation of natural resources in the protected areas. 

Alternative income generation opportunities includes eco-boats, training for eco-tour guides, and bamboo basket weaving which help the members of the local communities to reduce their unemployment.

Over the last 13 years, the USAID and Bangladesh government supported the Nishorgo Network, a national group working for protected forests and wetlands conservation through co-management.

Co-management brings the government and community groups together to share the roles, rights, and responsibilities of ecosystem conservation. 

More than 680,000 hectares of 25 protected areas are under improved management projects as a result of these efforts.

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