Are Bangladesh’s development measures leading to climate change readiness or maladaptation? (commentary) – Mongabay.com

by | Aug 18, 2022 | Climate Change

Bangladesh is trying to mainstream climate change adaptation into development measures to address climate change vulnerability and challenges.However, the socio-economic context and environmental consequences must be considered while implementing development programs.Failure to address local context might result in maladaptive trajectories, but Locally Led Adaptation (LLA) and Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are potential options for effective adaptation to climate change.This article is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily of Mongabay. Bangladesh, a least developed country in South Asia, has made remarkable progress in various development sectors over the last few decades. From agricultural production and food security to infrastructural development, the country has set milestones within the region, in spite of being a nation vulnerable to climate change. Mainly, the geographical location, dense population, and socio-economic aspects are the prime factors making the country susceptible to climate change impacts. The Global Climate Risk Index published by Germanwatch in 2021 ranked Bangladesh as the seventh most vulnerable nation to climate change.
Despite such challenges, the country is achieving global and national goals and targets successfully. This is possible as most of the development measures are supporting and complementing adaptation practices, helping the communities to become more resilient to climate change.
‘Adaptation’ to climate change is an effective measure to reduce the vulnerability of the common considering the socio-economic context of Bangladesh. The IPCC promotes effective adaptation interventions, as such measures can play a vital role in reducing the exposure a …

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