Author/s:

Saroar, M.
Routray, J.

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Year of Publication:

2010

This paper is aimed to identify the factors that influence peoples’ preference for adaptation against the impacts of sea level rise (SLR). A total of 285 respondents from three coastal villages in Bangladesh are randomly interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire. First, employing the principal component analysis various factors that influence adaptation preferences of people are identified. These factors are related to “demographic and social aspects”, “wealth and economic standing”, “past coping and adaptive behaviour”, “climate knowledge and information” and “spatial aspect” of life. What is common in these factors is their ability to influence peoples’ vulnerability. Finally, the binomial logistic regression model is employed to compute the explanatory power of these factors to predict the respondents’ preference for adaptation in situ over retreat or vice versa. Model findings are robust for two scenarios of SLR, i.e. 2050–2075 (LR χ 2 = 133.65, pseudo-R 2 = 0.53, p < 0.001) and 2080–2100 (LR χ 2 = 282.61, pseudo-R 2 = 0.85, p < 0.001). Therefore, it is concluded that to avoid relocation of substantial number of people initiative for encouraging adaptation in situ must be taken along side establishment of safe shelter, community radio service and campaign for raising climate awareness.

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