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Complex adaptation landscape in the coastal farming communities in Bangladesh

Authors: Saleh Ahmed*, Boise State University
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Agricultural Geography, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: climate change, agrarian communities, adaptation landscape, coastal Bangladesh, weather & climate information
Session Type: Paper
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Adaptation is crucial in climate vulnerable conditions across the world. However, adaptation efforts and outcomes can be mediated by various environmental, social, economic, cultural, and political factors. If we have to avoid the pitfalls caused by various short-sighted “mal-adaptations,” we have to understand the complex landscape of local livelihoods and possible adaptation practices. Using a case study in coastal Bangladesh, which is at the frontline of global environmental change, this presentation highlights the process of how socio-economic and cultural diversities can shape local adaptation landscape. This presentation highlights that existing inequalities based on farm size, gender, ethnicity, and religion differences can shape unequal access to public information as part of adaptive resources in climate vulnerable agrarian communities. Various agro-meteorological information are increasingly important in agrarian context to deal with a range of weather and climatic stresses. Even though the geographical focus of this presentation is coastal Bangladesh, it provides important insights not only to adaptation scholars or professionals, but also to policy makers and development partners who are funneling millions of dollars for improved adaptation across the world.

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