Saturday, May 17, 2008

Bangladesh needs support to cope with climate change

The New Nation (Bangladesh): Speakers at a seminar on Tuesday stressed the need for greater awareness about impact of global climate change on Bangladesh. They also emphasised the need for development of appropriate policy responses to minimise the adverse effects of climate change.

These observations were made at a seminar on 'Climate Change, Migration and Bangladesh' organised by the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) under the auspices of the DRC on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty at the Dhaka University premises on Tuesday.... [Dr. Ahsanuddin Ahmed of Centre for Global Change] demanded the developed countries should compensate to support adaptation efforts of the countries that would suffer from the process.

Journalist Afsan Chowdhury stated that climate change should not be viewed as a matter of environmental concern; it has major social, economic and political ramifications, he argued. Chowdhury observed that in the absence of adequate livelihood options a large number of people would become environmental refugees, a phenomenon that will have grave implications for national security of states…

Map of Bangladesh from the CIA World Factbook, Wikimedia Commons

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