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Pittachhara Forest & Biodiversity Conservation Initiative (PCI)

Where Nature and Wellness Thrive

Creating Sustainable Livelihood and Protecting Biodiversity

Pittachhara Forest is a small 23 acre (9.31 ha) private forest at East Khedachara village in Belchhari Union of Matiranga Upazila in Khagrachari Hill District, about 18 km from Matiranga Proper, at 23.0983430N latitude and 91.8718910E longitude. The site has a clear boundary demarcated by boundary pillars and stream pathways. While most of the surrounding forests have been deforested and converted into oil palm, teak and cassava farming, agricultural fields, human settlements, and other uses, the Pittachhara forest has been restored through protection, assisted natural regeneration and enrichment planting of local tree species. It is now well conserved and contains most of the typical plants and animals of the semi-evergreen tropical hill forests of south-eastern Bangladesh – a part of the globally famous Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot.

Our Initiatives

Empowering Conservation, Wellness, and Community Flourishment in Pittachhara.

Pittachhara Forest

Forest and biodiversity conservation provide us with the air we breathe, the food we eat and the shelter we live. Conserving biodiversity is vital for sustaining all life on Earth.

Health Care

Since 2017, PCI's health clinic in Khagrachhari has served thousands with Free Medical Care, Regular doctor visits, medication distribution, and training programs uplift the community's health.

Pittachhara Library

In November 2021, PCI established a library, promoting biodiversity education and school support. Through activities like art camps and school coaching thrice a week, we inspire a love for learning and conservation among young minds.

Pittachhara Forest, the site supports approximately 150 species of resident and migratory birds including the regional endemic Cachar Bulbul and globally Near threatened species like the Red-breasted Parakeet. Over last 7 years Globally Endangered Bengal Slowloris, Vulnerable Pig-tailed Macaque and at least 10 other mammal species population increased due to reforestation. The important amphibians of the Pittachhara forest include Two-stripped Pygmy Tree Frog and Elongated Tortoise (Yellow turtle), which is critically endangered in Bangladesh. Also 19 species of Snakes and a minimum of 20 species of herpetofauna.

Features and News

Latest updates and compelling stories spanning a diverse array of topics

CHT forests being razed for cassava farming, harming biodiversity

Abu Taher, 67, owns 10 acres of lush green woodland in the Pittachhara area of Matiranga upazila in Khagrachhari.

How one man restored a forest

Mahfuz left his home in Manchester, UK for rural Bangladesh in the hope of getting closer to nature. Now, he's helping to regrow a forest.

Join Our Conservation Community

We believe in the power of community to drive positive change.

Join us in our mission to protect and preserve Pittachhara's natural heritage for generations to come. Explore volunteer opportunities, participate in eco-friendly initiatives, and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for conservation.