Conservation & Research

Scientific and Academic Travel

The Sundarbans is the ideal place to explore research interests and intellectual curiosities. In conjunction with partner organizations, we offer a variety of research and volunteer opportunities to support students and young professionals who are motivated to investigate the ongoing and multifaceted challenges of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest. The efficacy of our work is reliant on ongoing research on the conservation of and impacts on vulnerable areas and populations, and increasing understanding of socio-ecological complexities in region.

Through the Sundarbans Researchers Network, we support students looking to gain experience in conservation field research. Our program connects students with local universities and research institutions for developing research partner networks and supervision. We also provide access to living facilities and learning opportunities throughout the duration of the research project. 

Our SAVE (Scientific, Academic, Volunteer and Education) opportunities center the priorities of our visitors and local Sundarban communities. We work in concert with local stakeholders and vulnerable populations in the Sundarbans to promote ecological conservation, and socio-economic growth. Consequently, economic benefits generated from SAVE travel are funneled directly into local businesses, economies, and environmental initiatives. The Greater Sundarbans SAVE Travel opportunities involve two leading NGOs in the Sundarbans: WildTeam and the Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS)

The following table outlines some of the characteristics of the SAVE Travel market segments, the role that the host NGO often plays, and examples of SAVE Travel experiences found in the Sundarbans.

Market SegmentHost NGO RoleSundarbans SAVE Travel
National & International Researchers
Assistance in obtaining required research permits
Coordination with local & regional universities/researchers
Access to target communities/ecosystems
Provision of existing research
Technical support of researcher/subject
Coordination of lodging, transportation, and food services
Basic research facilities such as workspaces, laboratories, electricity, and internet

The economic impact of mangroves on local economies (BEDS)
Human/wildlife conflict (WildTeam)
Revitalization of native seed planting (BEDS)

University Groups Seeking Accreditation
Coordination with accrediting local/regional university
Technical insight into program design
NGO staff to support accrediting university
Access to target communities/ecosystems
Coordination of lodging, transportation, and food services
Classroom space

Mangrove ecology (BEDS)
Bengal tiger range behavior (WildTeam)
Community-based conservation strategies (BEDS)

Individuals and Groups Supporting NGO Initiatives
Access to target communities/ecosystems
Coordination of volunteer activities
Coordination of lodging, transportation, and food services

Installation of solar panel systems & potable drinking water systems (BEDS)
Doctors Without Borders
Habitat for Humanity

Non-Accredited Learning Programs
Provision of classroom/meeting space
NGO staff leading learning programs
Access to target communities/ecosystems
Coordination of lodging, transportation, and food services

Bengal tiger camera trap research (WildTeam)
Integrated/holistic farming techniques (BEDS)

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