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“Disasters threaten livelihoods, and people cope, adapt and make transformational changes”: Community resilience and livelihoods reconstruction in coastal communities of Bangladesh

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Abstract In the face of serious disruptions to local livelihoods and asset bases by extreme climatic events, it is paramount to reconstruct but also to transform and diversify livelihoods. However, the literature on these aspects is scant. In this paper, we posit that two frameworks, namely the livelihood strategy approach and community resilience thinking, are useful tools for effectively analyzing post-disaster transformational changes. In the empirical context of coastal communities of Bangladesh, our study specifically examines the changes experienced in livelihood assets due.. Read more


Livelihoods dependence on mangrove ecosystems: Empirical evidence from the Sundarbans

Abstract Comprehensive studies that employ larger data sets to explore the degree and conditions under which households depend on mangrove ecosystems account for only a negligible number in Asia’s context. We contribute to these lacunae by analysing households’ livelihood dependence on the Sundarbans of Asia. Specifically, we seek to: (i) appraise the livelihood strategies around the Sundarbans, (ii) analyse the conditions and.. Read More

Climate change investments in Bangladesh: leveraging dual-use characteristics as an anti-corruption tool

Bangladesh is one of the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries. The government and international development partners have committed billions of dollars in adaptation infrastructure to mitigate the effects of storms and flooding as a result of climate change. Unfortunately, corruption has severely impacted the implementation of these projects – estimates suggest that around 35% of project.. Read More


Are meteorological factors enhancing COVID-19 transmission in Bangladesh? Novel findings from a compound Poisson generalized linear modeling approach

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  • 2020

Abstract Novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) causing COVID-19 disease has arisen to be a pandemic. Since there is a close association between other viral infection cases by epidemics and environmental factors, this study intends to unveil meteorological effects on the outbreak of COVID-19 across eight divisions of Bangladesh from March to April 2020. A compound Poisson generalized.. Read More

Theatre making and storytelling on the margins: the lived experience of climate change in Dhaka

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ABSTRACT This paper reflects on my experience of using personal stories to create a Pot Gan performance exploring the complexity of how lives are lived, how the experience of climate change is shaped by poverty and struggle, but also strength in facing adversity. Bringing real stories to the stage had more meaning, emotion and personal.. Read More

Implications of Development Cooperation and State Bureaucracy on Climate Change Adaptation Policy in Bangladesh

Abstract Policy action is visible in national and international climate governance. However, policy-making and its implementation often fail to generate the desired outcomes that aim to adapt to the adverse impact of climate change in a developing nation, such as Bangladesh—a country highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. Against this backdrop, the study.. Read More

Contextualizing the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on food security in two small cities in Bangladesh

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  • 2020

Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving urban crisis. This research paper assesses impacts of the lockdown on food security and associated coping mechanisms in two small cities in Bangladesh (Mongla and Noapara) during March to May 2020. Due to restrictions during the prolonged lockdown, residents (in particular low-income groups) had limited access to livelihood.. Read More

COVID-19 pandemic, dengue epidemic, and climate change vulnerability in Bangladesh: Scenario assessment for strategic management and policy implications

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  • 2020

Abstract Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change impacts also struck by the COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown measures were ineffective with no sign of flattening the curve. Therefore, the high risk of transmission is evident with an increasing number of affected people. Under this circumstance, a multiple hazards scenario can be.. Read More

Development of Climate Change Perceptions and Programmes (1980-2020) in Bangladesh: Lessons Learned and Way Forward

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  • 2020

Abstract Climate change related knowledge and activities have been evolved, and Bangladesh tried to figure out appropriate pathways to address climate change challenges sustainably. This paper critically examined the chronological progression of climate change action programs performed in Bangladesh, aiming to identify the factors that created varied forms of confusion in tackling climate change threats… Read More

Livelihood diversification as key to long-term non-migration: evidence from coastal Bangladesh

Abstract Understanding how livelihood diversification contributes to long-term non-migration decisions of people at risks is innovative and timely in the context of future climate change adaptation planning. This study particularly examines this question and explores how and to what extent livelihood diversification in the face of climate change can support long-term non-migration for people living.. Read More

Sharing Adaptation Failure to Improve Adaptation Outcomes

Sharing lessons is critical for ensuring that finite funding for climate change adaptation is deployed in ways that provide the most value and impact. Successes are celebrated, but failures are habitually obscured, leaving a major knowledge base untapped. This commentary calls for the urgent sharing of failures as a source of critical learning.

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