Project overview

Duration August 2019 to June 2023
Project Location The Sundarbans coastal region i.e Khulna, Bagerhat and Satkhira districts under Khulna division of Bangladesh.
Theme Livelihood and Mangrove Ecosystem
Partner/Collaborators Global Nature Fund (GNF), Naturland, Nature Environment and Wildlife Society (NEWS)
Donor Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


Survivability and growth of the planted mangroves species along the pond embankments have been found good. Establishment of mangrove nurseries integrating the women is also catering the need of the mangrove saplings for plantation and also simultaneously providing an alternative income opportunity of the coastal women. Thus, through SAIME, sustainable aquaculture management and protection to mangrove ecosystem can be achieved together creating a scope for developing a community-inclusive value chain along the shrimp trade ensuring the livelihood security of coastal fish farmers in the context of climate change induced global sea level rise (SLR).


SAIME Secretariate

SAIME secretariate has been established and BEDS acts as a backbone organization in SAIME secretariate. SAIME secretariate will act as a focal point for disseminating the information from field level to government level.

Head office:
Multi-purpose IMA (Integrate Mangrove Aquaculture) Building
Paschim Dhangmari, Banishanta Union, Dacope, Khulna
Contact no.: +880 1968 809517
Email: [email protected]

Liaison office:
House No. 6/3, Road No 01
Prantika R/A, Nirala, Khulna- 9100, Bangladesh
Contact no.: +880 1791 323255
Email: [email protected]

Field office:
Mathurapur, Munshiganj, Shyamnagar, Satkhira
Contact no.: +880 1953 373663
Email: [email protected]

Success stories

SAIME is an extensive form of low-cost aquaculture which is called Integrated Mangrove Aquaculture (IMA), with low stocking densities constituting black tiger shrimp as a candidate species and with no supplementary feed input. Mangroves are planted along pond embankments and dykes of the SAIME farms. The mangroves planted on the farms increase biodiversity in the farming areas and have positive effects on aquaculture such as leaf litter serves as a source of food for the shrimps and other fishes simulating almost the natural condition. SAIME has been implemented at a pilot-scale for last three years in both India and Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, 20 IMA farms have been demonstrated at Paschim Dhangmari village under Dacope sub district of Khulna district where the farmers cultivate hatchery raised shrimp and other local fishes and plant mangrove saplings inside of the farm according to the land alleviation of the farms. In this integrated approach, it has been observed that the fish farmers are having better yield from the modified extensive polyculture with better survivability of the black tiger shrimp and reduction of deadly viral disease outbreak. For the accomplishment of SAIME, mangrove saplings are an important element. But there was no such mangrove nursery in this region. Community based mangrove nursery has been established where women run the mangrove nurseries and now the mangrove raised saplings are in high demand due to the survivability rate of the saplings.

Multi Stakeholder

The multi-stakeholder partnership (MSP) to be created within this project shall encourage all relevant interest groups connected to the value chain of shrimp farming involving civil society, private sector, scientific and public stakeholders to a high degree of involvement and commitment.

  • It will foster environmental protection and the establishing of a strong platform that contributes to the global Sustainable Development Goals 1,13,14,15 and 17.
  • It will also play an important role in supporting the Vision 2021 of the government of Bangladesh.
  • In alignment with 5.7.1 of the national shrimp act, the partnership shall manage the conservation of natural wetlands and mangrove forests as well as the biodiversity in the sea by introducing environmental-friendly shrimp farming techniques.

Within the framework of a stakeholder dialogue, the interests of relevant parties as well as internal and external factors can be considered and integrated into the project. A formal structure to promote change, cooperation and commitment are built and common goals and necessary measures are formulated. Through a continuous monitoring process, the multi-stakeholder partnership finally supports the effective implementation and necessary reorientation of activities and strategic planning.