CNRS became operational in 1994 and is one of the pro-environmental NGOs in Bangladesh. The Idea of developing an institution like CNRS was first surfaced in 1993 while the initiators were involved in FAP-16 (environmental study) field studies. In course of field works, need for an institution like CNRS was felt necessary to demonstrate ecosystem-based approaches of natural resources aiming at sensitizing policy stakeholders including wider communities to foster community-based natural resources management in Bangladesh.
Vision - CNRS dreams that people and nature live in harmony in a world free from exploitation and exclusion.
Mission - Empowering marginalized communities with required skills and capabilities for making change that favor pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable development.
Goal - The goal of CNRS is to join with others in influencing the national development strategies towards directions that building on, rather destroying country's natural resources.
Legal entity - CNRS is registered with NGO Affairs Bureau, Joint Stock/Societies Act, Social Welfare as well as Micro-Credit Regulatory Authority
CNRS started its journey in 1994 with support of the Ford Foundation, to implement "community-based habitat restoration and fisheries management" project in a site in Tangail district and for the first three years that was the only project focused on community-based natural resources management (CB-NRM). Later in 1999, CNRS implemented USAID assisted MACH project (management of aquatic ecosystems through community husbandry) with Winrock International in tree sites (Moulvibazar, Gajipur and Sherpur districts) then in 2000, with DFID assisted CBFM-2 (community-based fisheries management pahse-2) in six districts (Sunamgonj, Moulvibazar, Kishoregonj, Tangail, Magura and Narail). In 1998, CNRS started sea turtle conservation activities in St. Martins Island which is still continuing. CNRS has been the partners of IPAC and CREL projects of USAID to implement co-management of wetlands and forests. All these were NRM projects which contributed CNRS to emerge as an NRM focused organization in the country. During the initial years, CNRS was assigned by CARE to conduct several studies and monitoring in their rural road development and flood proofing projects which added value to CNRS to deal with field studies and surveys. Overtime, CNRS get engaged in implementing non-NRM projects like livelihoods, advocacy and governance, disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (CCA), Gender focused activities, micro-finance, process monitoring, studies and surveys and event management.