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Disaster risk reduction NGO inter-agency group learning review

Between 2005 and 2010, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded ActionAid, Christian Aid, Practical Action, Plan and Tearfund to carry out disaster risk reduction (DRR) projects. They worked together as a consortium on global advocacy and in learning and sharing lessons, as well as collaborating in some cases at a country level. The.. Read More

Impact of climate change on the stream flow of the lower Brahmaputra: trends in high and low flows based on discharge-weighted ensemble modelling

Climate change is likely to have significant effects on the hydrology. The Ganges-Brahmaputra river basin is one of the most vulnerable areas in the world as it is subject to the combined effects of glacier melt, extreme monsoon rainfall and sea level rise. To what extent climate change will impact river flow in the Brahmaputra.. Read More

Ensuring Water Security in Rural Areas of Bangladesh under Climate Change and Non-climatic Drivers of Change

This chapter addresses the question of security1 and sustainability2 of water resource management (WRM) in Bangladesh due to climate change and complex social and political factors including weak governance. It suggests that social networks should play an important role in ensuring security at the micro levels, and the promotion of people-centred water management. Bangladesh, a.. Read More

Floating Gardening in Bangladesh: a means to rebuild lives after devastating flood

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Floating gardening, a form of hydroponics using aquatic plants as the medium, is a traditional cultivation system in southern Bangladesh practiced for year-round seedling and vegetable production. The livelihoods of marginalized people of the wetlands in North-eastern Bangladesh (haor region) are often constrained by 7-8 months water stagnation due to floods. A pioneering attempt at.. Read More

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Lessons of climate change, stories of solutions

While there is little dissent in the scientific community that climate change directly correlates to human-caused greenhouse-gas emissions, action to reduce those emissions has not followed from the United States and many other governments around the world. Meanwhile, climate changes are already underway, and will continue to some degree even if emissions are drastically curtailed,.. Read More

Cities and greenhouse gas emissions: moving forward

Cities are blamed for the majority of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. So too are more affluent, highly urbanized countries. If all production- and consumption-based emissions that result from lifestyle and purchasing habits are included, urban residents and their associated affluence likely account for more than 80 per cent of the world’s GHG emissions. Attribution of.. Read More

Disaster Management in Bangladesh: Regulatory and Social Work Perspectives

Bangladesh is a small poor but country with a huge population. Unfortunately this poor country is probably the most disaster prone in the world. Rapid growth in population and a slow rate of growth of the economy have forced a substantial part of the ever increasing population to settle in areas too risky for human.. Read More

Bangladesh: Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change Study

Economic Development is perhaps the best hope for adaptation to climate change. Development enables an economy to diversify and become less reliable on sectors such as agriculture that are more vulnerable to climate change effects. It also makes more resources available for minimizing risk, and similar measures often promote development and adaptation. That said, it.. Read More

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Climate Change and Food Security: Health Risks and Vulnerabilities of the Poor in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, food security is increasingly being adversely affected by extreme climatic events. The food price hike has been fueled by the consecutive floods and cyclone of 2007. The immediate health impacts of these disasters include illnesses, deaths and psychological stress or trauma. A secondary impact has been food insecurity, badly affecting the health of.. Read More

Informing micro insurance contract design to mitigate climate change catastrophe risks using choice experiments

The main objective of this paper is to assess demand for catastrophe insurance in one of the most flood-prone developing countries in the world and to estimate rural household willingness-to-pay for different micro insurance policies to reduce catastrophic flood risks and socio-economic vulnerability. A large-scale rural household survey was conducted targeting more than 1,200 heads.. Read More