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Pathogen adaptation to seasonal forcing and climate change

Many diverse infectious diseases exhibit seasonal dynamics. Seasonality in disease incidence has been attributed to seasonal changes in pathogen transmission rates, resulting from fluctuations in extrinsic climate factors. Multi-strain infectious diseases with strain-specific seasonal signatures, such as cholera, indicate that a range of seasonal patterns in transmission rates is possible in identical environments. We therefore.. Read More

Soil–landform development of a part of the fold belt along the eastern coast of Bangladesh

The evolution of landforms and soils from the Jaldi and Maiskhali anticlines and adjoining areas in a part of the coastal region of the north–south trending fold belt of Bangladesh during the Late Quaternary Period has been investigated. Based on the degree of soil development and luminescence dating, eight soil geomorphic units have been deciphered.. Read More


Civil society and propoor initiatives in rural Bangladesh: finding a workable strategy

This paper focuses on crafting a workable strategy for civil society advocacy in rural Bangladesh that can adequately represent the interests of the poorest groups. It shows how the poor and the poorest rely on patron–client ties, to avoid destitution and to survive, respectively, while arguing that the poor need to move beyond these inherently.. Read More

Facing up to climate change in South Asia

This paper provides an overview of the likely impacts of climate change in three least developed countries in South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. In these countries, climate change will include changes in temperature, distribution of rainfall, sea-level rise and increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. These least developed countries are.. Read More


Assessing the impact of women’s literacies in Bangladesh: An ethnographic inquiry

The paper is based on ethnographic fieldwork in the north-west of Bangladesh. It explores conceptual and methodological issues involved in assessing the impact of adult literacy acquisition on social development. The paper compares ethnographic perspectives on literacy within the ‘New Literacy Studies’, and the conceptual framework provided by the ‘Livelihoods Approach’. In terms of women’s.. Read More

Adapting food systems of the Indo-Gangetic plains to global environmental change: key information needs to improve policy formulation

The Indo-Gangetic plain (IGP; including regions of Pakistan, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh) is generally characterized by fertile soils, favourable climate and an abundant supply of water. Nevertheless, the challenge of increasing food production in the IGP in line with demand grows ever greater; any perturbation in agriculture will considerably affect the food systems of the.. Read More


The Ganges Water Diversion: Environmental Effects and Implications

This book presents multi-disciplinary analyses of the environmental effects and implications in Bangladesh and India of the Ganges water diversion. The analyses demonstrate that the downstream part of the Ganges River basin in Bangladesh, which has a sensitive ecosystem, has become very vulnerable to water diversion and as a result it has caused significant damage.. Read More

Mainstreaming adaptation to climate change in Least Developed Countries

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  • Huq, et al.
  • 2004

The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are a group of 49 of the world’s poorest countries. They have contributed least to the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) but they are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This is due to their location in some of the most vulnerable regions of the world and their.. Read More

Rights of the Internally Displaced Persons in South Asia: A Report on Training Workshops, Translations of the UN Guiding Principles and Advocacy Meetings in South Asia (2004-2005)

In the last one-decade the numbers of internally displaced persons (IDP) are on the increase in South Asia just as in many other parts of the world. Discrimination against minorities, violence, war, ethnic hatred, state repression, demands for self-determination, natural and man made disasters such as famines and floods, ill-conceived development projects such as highways.. Read More

Adverse Impacts of Climate Change on Development of Bangladesh: Integrating Adaptation into Policies and Activities

Apart from existing challenges, most damaging effects of climate change are floods and droughts that are found to drastically affect crop productivity almost every year. Climate change induced  challenges are, a) scarcity of fresh water due to less rain and higher evapotranspiration, b) drainage congestion due to higher water levels in the confluence with the.. Read More