Social Capital, Collective Action, and Adaptation to Climate Change

Abstract: Future changes in climate pose significant challenges for society, not the least of which is how best to adapt to observed and potential future impacts of these changes to which the world is already committed. Adaptation is a dynamic social process: the ability of societies to adapt is determined, in part, by the ability.. Read More

Community-based adaptation to climate change bulletin. A summary of the third international workshop on community-based adaptation to climate change

  • 2009

The Third International Workshop on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 18-24 February 2009. The event was organised jointly by the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the RING Alliance of Policy Research Organisations. The event consisted of three days of.. Read More


Land use and land cover change in Greater Dhaka, Bangladesh: Using remote sensing to promote sustainable urbanization

This study evaluates land use/cover changes and urban expansion in Greater Dhaka, Bangladesh, between 1975 and 2003 using satellite images and socio-economic data. Spatial and temporal dynamics of land use/cover changes were quantified using three Landsat images, a supervised classification algorithm and the post-classification change detection technique in GIS. Accuracy of the Landsat-derived land use/cover.. Read More

Climate Change and Flow of Environmental Displacement in Bangladesh

This study depicts environmental displacement with the premise of increased frequency of natural disasters and the adverse impacts of climate change. Bangladesh is already experiencing recurrent floods, severe cyclones, water logging, salinity intrusions, droughts and river bank erosion which induce mass population displacement. There is no generally agreed definition and scientifically developed methodology to estimate.. Read More


Evaluation of the Short-Term Processes Forcing the Monsoon River Floods in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a low-lying country in the Meghna delta located at the confluence of three major rivers: the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, and the Meghna. Monsoon river flooding is an annual event with river water levels rising and falling slowly during the monsoon season, though with some pulsation. Forcing of the monsoon river floods is complicated.. Read More

Biodiversity Conservation and Response to Climate Variability at Community Level

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  • 2009

The five case studies compiled in this publication highlight five different aspects of biodiversity conservation and climate variability adaptation mainly focusing on agricultural practices and forest resource management. The topics were selectedd on the basis of information gathered through consultations across the country field surveys and expert consultation on different occassions. These five case studies.. Read More


Spatio-temporal clustering of cholera: The impact of flood control in Matlab, Bangladesh, 1983–2003

Introducing flood control to an area of endemic waterborne diseases could have significant impacts on spatio-temporal occurrence of cholera. Using 21-year data from Bangladesh, we conducted cluster analysis to explore changes in spatial and temporal distribution of cholera incidence since the construction of flood control structures. Striking changes in temporal cluster patterns emerged, including a.. Read More

Saline Zone at the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest of Bangladesh

The Sundarbans in Bangladesh part is one of the largest mangrove forests in the tropics comprising about six thousand square kilometers of forest area. It possesses unique character of having ebb and tide at every six hours, hence having salinity intrusion in its rivers and canals from Bay of Bengal. The forest is experiencing heavy.. Read More


Predicting endemic cholera: the role of climate variability and disease dynamics

Retrospective studies of cholera time series in Bangladesh have established a role of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), but also of the non-linear dynamics of the disease itself, through changes in the population levels of immunity in this endemic region. The prediction ability of a semi-mechanistic time series model that incorporates both these elements.. Read More

Promoting adaptation to climate change in Bangladesh

Produced in 2008, this briefing focuses on the impact of climate change on Bangladesh’s rural poor. A great deal has been written on rising sea levels in Bangladesh but, as this paper outlines, climate change also has many other consequences. Rural communities, whose livelihoods are intimately tied to the environment, are profoundly affected by the.. Read More

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