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Watch: Climate change adaptation in Bangladesh

Dr. M Alimullah Miyan, Chairman of the South Asia Disaster Management Centre (SADMC), explains in this presentation why Bangladesh is a highly disaster-prone area. 

Key takeaways: 

1. Climate change intensifies the natural disasters and affects livelihoods, food security and infrastructure.

2. The presentation includes salt-water intrusion maps, and current and predicted situations in the event of sea-level rise.  These maps raised natural hazard awareness among the people and promoted a paradigm shift from relief and rehabilitation to disaster management.

3. All the work completed so far deals with “hard options,” and the country’s survival now depends on a paradigm shift that includes mitigation as well as adaptation. He suggests that “soft options,” such as skills development and education are needed for occupational migration, and that lifestyles need to change so that consumption and production patterns that create climate change are addressed.