ICSFDC News Alerts

Bangladesh: Climate change is making Bangladesh’s rivers too saline for farming March 15,2017   |  Source: Scroll In

It has been established by now that coastal Bangladesh is being seriously affected by climate change. It is now imperative to determine the exact ways in which it is being affected and to what extent, so that specific plans to adapt to the changes can be carried out.

Studies conducted by the World Bank, Institute of Water Modelling and World Fish–Bangladesh between 2012 and 2016 have quantified the effects of increasing salinity in river waters in coastal Bangladesh, including the areas in and around the Sundarbans – the world’s largest mangrove forest that straddles the coast of Bangladesh and India.

The broad categories of climate change effects that hit coastal areas of Bangladesh are

* Change in temperature
* Change in rainfall
* Sea level rise
* Change in frequency and intensity of cyclones
* Storm surge
* Change in river salinity
* Change in soil salinity

The coastal areas are also affected by changes in freshwater supply from rivers upstream.

The only way to adapt to these changes is to understand each change in detail. While doing that, it has to be remembered that each change has various effects on the people, animals and plants that live in the Sundarbans. This makes climate change a cross-cutting theme whose analysis requires collaboration

Post Comment
Search

Title/Storyline/Country/Keyword


Select Date:

Select Themes

Subscribe for DC News Alerts
Years in Support of Small Scale Fishworkers (1986 - 2018)