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

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Local Response to Global Climate Change: A Case of Drinking Water in a Bangladesh Village

Bangladesh, a low-lying alluvial country with 150 million population facing 710 km long coast to the Bay of Bengal is one of those countries which is responsible least but victim most of global warming or climate change. Different projection shows that a large coastal portion of this country will be severely affected due to sea.. Read More

The Causes of Deterioration of Sundarban Mangrove Forest Ecosystem of Bangladesh: Conservation and Sustainable Management Issues

The Sundarban forest, located in the southwest of Bangladesh, is one of the largest continuous blocks of mangrove forests in the world. This mangrove forest ecosystem in Bangladesh is now in captious position. Negative natural and anthropogenic impacts and overexploitation of natural resources have caused severe damage to the ecosystem. Growing human population with few.. Read More