Writing in The Financial Express on climate change and its impact on economic development of Bangladesh, Mehrin Karim, Senior Research Associate, Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh, warns that if climate change adaptation is not taken seriously, it will affect a number of economic sectors such as agriculture, industries, health, among others, as well as the poor, who are especially vulnerable, particularly for food security. Ms Karim’s recommendations to slow down the adverse impact of climate change include establishing micro-credit institutions, raising public awareness, relocating expenditure as well as strengthening institutions.
She adds, "One of the most important factors in determining the resilience of a country is the willingness of the government to consider preparedness for natural hazards a priority. This includes a long-term commitment to mitigation and preparedness, even when no disaster has occurred during the preceding years. In addition, transparency, better reporting of relevant expenditures, and post-disaster reallocations are essential, as well as the enforcement of appropriate land-use and building codes."
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