Environmental literacy and NGOs: experience from the microcredit based social forestry program of Proshika in Bangladesh

This study assesses the impact of participation in the social forestry program of Proshika on the environmental literacy of participating households in Bangladesh. Proshika--a non-governmental organization--has initiated a social forestry program with the twin objectives of improving environmental quality while alleviating poverty. Proshika uses microcredit to motivate poor households to participate in its social forestry program. Moreover, participating households receive training on planting trees along with information on other environmental issues.