Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction strategies in Bangladesh: The tale of two coastal cities

Dhakal, Subas P. and Mahmood, Nateque M. (2013) Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction strategies in Bangladesh: The tale of two coastal cities. In: People and the Planet 2013 Conference: Transforming the Future, 2-4 Jul 2013, Melbourne, Australia.


International aid agencies have increasingly focused on Multipurpose Cyclone Shelters as an integral component of climate change adaptation strategies in Bangladesh. The country currently has about 2,500 shelters and it is estimated that more than 5,000 additional shelters are needed in order to adapt to the increased frequency and intensity of cyclones associated with the changing
climate. Although such physical initiatives are highly commendable, little attention has been paid to the non-structural approaches for making adaptation more resilient. This paper responds to this gap and investigates the state of shelters in two of the coastal districts in the country. The findings suggest that the vulnerable people in urban areas are at risk of falling victim to climate change maladaptation. The paper ends by making a case for greater community involvement to enhance social capital and secure financial options as a way forward.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 04 May 2014 10:41
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2017 02:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: international aid, maladaptation, resilience, social capital, vulnerability
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120501 Community Planning
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures

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