Development and Climate change in Bangladesh: Focus on Coastal Flooding and the Sundarbans
This document is an output from the OECD Development and Climate Change project, an activity being jointly overseen by the Working Party on Global and Structural Policies (WPGSP) of the Environment Directorate, and the Network on Environment and Development Co-operation of the Development Cooperation Directorate. The overall objective of the project is to provide guidance on how to mainstream responses to climate change within economic development planning and assistance policies, with natural resource management as an overarching theme. Insights from the work are therefore expected to have implications for the development assistance community in OECD countries, and national and regional planners in developing countries. This document has been authored by Shardul Agrawala and Tomoko Ota, drawing upon three primary consultant inputs that were commissioned for this country study: “Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh” by Ahsan Uddin Ahmed (Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad, Dhaka); “Analysis of GCM Scenarios and Ranking of Principal Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities in Bangladesh” by Stratus Consulting, Boulder, USA (Joel Smith); and “Review of Development Plans, Strategies, Assistance Portfolios, and Select Projects Potentially Relevant to Climate Change in Bangladesh” by Maarten van Aalst of Utrecht University, The Netherlands.