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Adaptation - the new life line for Bangladesh?

May 2009

Vulnerability and Accountability – why is the UK helping Bangladesh adapt to climate change?

Adaptation - the new life line for Bangladesh?

Adaptation - the new life line for Bangladesh?

As Cyclone Aila recently swept through Bangladesh and the eastern state of West Bengal, killing more than 200 people and making at least 500,000 people homeless (27 May 2009), the vulnerability of Bangladesh to the effects of climate change, can be clearly seen.

Of all the possible impacts of climate change, the indirect effect of a major eustatic rise in sea level (global inundation) perhaps gives the greatest cause for concern. Any such sea level rise is likely to have a disproportionately large effect on some of the world’s most vulnerable countries – notably Bangladesh. This case study examines some of the steps Bangladesh is taking – with some British financial assistance – to adapt to the challenge of climate change. The article also asks whether countries like Britain have a responsibility to do even more to help poorer nations with future adaptation measures.


This case study has been prepared for students sitting AS or A2 examinations that contain a natural hazards or climate change component.

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