Bangladesh is a low-lying alluvial country with a population of some 150 million. Because of it's long (700km) coast line on the Bay of Bengal, Bagladesh is one of those countries which is likely to be a significant victim of climate change. Studies have shown that a large portion of coastal Bangladesh will be severely affected by the projected sea level rise associated with global warming. One major consequence of such a rise in sea level is salt water intrusion into the coastal regions. This is already occuring, with the result that thousands of traditional Bagladeshi farmers are now struggling to adapt as the increasing salinity impacts their drinking water, sanitation, and livelihoods.
This paper focuses on how these people, who are engaged in agriculture and traditional livlihoods, respond to this salt water intrusion. It's findings are based on field work and observation in the field of Ecological Anthropology
This paper seeks to contribute to the growing field in Anthropology known as ‘Anthropology of Climate change’.
|Keywords:||Bangladesh, Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, Ecological Anthropology, Salt Water Intrusion, Livelihood|
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong, Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh
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