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Bangladesh: Protecting communities - towards a safer tomorrow

Bangladesh is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. Over the last thirty years, Bangladesh has experienced nearly 200 climate related disasters accounted for around $16 billion economic losses including complete damage of asset, property, livelihoods and over thousands of death toll. Climate change is one of the greatest obstacles for ending poverty and one of the gravest equity challenges of our time. Owing to frequent number of disasters, this country is highly vulnerable to water related extreme events. Climate change is forcing people to take diversified occupation to maintain their livelihood. Livelihoods of majority of the people in coastal areas depend largely on natural resources which in turn dependent on nature and climatic conditions.

Frequent disasters such as floods, droughts, cyclone, and other weather associated phenomena affect household welfare through the destruction of physical, human as well as social capital. Economic vulnerability arising from displacement after post disaster period is one of the most distinguished forms of vulnerability experienced by a large portion of household in the study areas. This video made an attempt to explain how occupations of poor people change subject to climate variability and extreme events. Given the above considerations Islamic Relief, Bangladesh is implementing a comprehensive and integrated project in the coastal areas (South West) as well as in the Haor basin (North East) to increase the resilience of the vulnerable communities against a changing and uncertain climate addressing both the underlying factors of poverty and their on-going and projected climate change vulnerabilities and risks.

Protecting Communities: Towards a Safer Tomorrow from Habib Torikul on Vimeo.


  • Themes:Economics of DRR, Inclusion, Recovery, Social Impacts & Social Resilience
  • Countries/Regions:Bangladesh

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/46988

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