• Bangladesh is one of the most climate vulnerable
    countries in the world and will become even more so
    as a result of climate change. Floods, tropical
    cyclones, storm surges and droughts are likely to
    become more frequent and severe in the coming
    years. These changes will threaten the significant
    achievements Bangladesh has made over the last 20
    years in increasing incomes and reducing poverty,
    and will make it more difficult to achieve the MDGs.
    It is essential that Bangladesh prepares now to
    adapt to climate change and safeguard the future
    well-being of her people.
    Over the last 35 years, the Government of
    Bangladesh, with the support of development
    partners, has invested over $10 billion to make the
    country less vulnerable to natural disasters. These
    investments include flood management schemes,
    coastal polders, cyclone and flood shelters, and the
    raising of roads and highways above flood level. In
    addition, the Government of Bangladesh has
    developed state-of-the-art warning systems for
    floods, cyclones and storm surges, and is expanding
    community-based disaster preparedness. Climate
    resilient varieties of rice and other crops have also
    been developed.
    The challenge Bangladesh now faces is to scale up
    these investments to create a suitable environment
    for the economic and social development of the
    country and to secure the well-being of our people,
    especially the poorest and most vulnerable groups,
    including women and children.
    The Government of Bangladesh's Vision is to
    eradicate poverty and achieve economic and social
    well-being for all the people. This will be achieved
    through a pro-poor Climate Change Strategy, which
    prioritises adaptation and disaster risk reduction,
    and also addresses low carbon development,
    mitigation, technology transfer and the provision of
    adequate finance.
    Sections I to V of the document provide the context,
    outline the implications and likely impacts of
    climate change in Bangladesh, provide an overview
    of different adaptation strategies and briefly outline
    mitigation issues. Sections VI to VII describe a tenyear
    programme to build the capacity and resilience
    of the country to meet the challenge of climate
    change over the next 20-25 years.

  • Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh

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  • 2008-09-00

  • 984-8574-25-5

  • South Asia