Global warming to displace One-third of coastal people

Global warming to displace One-third of coastal people

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Dhaka – One-third of people in coastal areas of Bangladesh will be displaced from their households by 2050 due to climate change. Besides, severe floods, tidal surges and cyclones will increase due to an increase in global temperature and the coastal people will be sufferer seriously for these natural calamities.Experts said at a press briefing jointly organized by Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad and Concern Worldwide Bangladesh held at Jatiya Press Club on Thursday.
Among others, Coordinator of Bangladesh Climate Change Negotiation Team Dr Kazi Khaliquzzaman Ahmad, country director of Concern Worldwide AKM Musa, chairman of Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad MA Jalil, country director of Concern Worldwide for North Korea Saroj Das and Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad executive director Dr Nilufar Banu also spoke at the press briefing.
Higher temperatures and other climate variances are leading to an unprecedented frequency of calamities, including cyclones, storms, heat waves, floods, droughts and many more types of disasters, they said.
“Global warming is increasing an average temperature will increase 1.0-1.4 degree by 2050. The snow and glaciers are diminishing overwhelmingly, and sea level has risen significantly and recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems. So, Bangladesh is one of the worst vulnerable countries in the world,” Dr Kazi Khaliquzzaman Ahmad said.
The coastal people will be severely affected due to climate change, he said, adding, “the socio-economy of coastal people in the Bay of Bengal will be collapsed. It would put impact to reduce poverty, food security, economy, health, human rights and administrative activities.”
Climate change is a major threat to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially those related to eliminating poverty and hunger and promoting environmental sustainability, he observed.
Against this backdrop, a 4th Sub -Regional Workshop on Community Resilience to Climate Change in the Bay of Bengal Conference 2017 will be held in Dhaka between December 17 and 18 to create awareness among the coastal people, they said.
The workshop would help the coastal people in building capacity on the reduction of climate change risk, Dr Nilufar Banu, convener of the workshop said.
“The coastal people will get scientific ideas about the reduction of climate change risk from the workshop. Experts from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and other countries will take part in the workshop,” she said.
Banu said, the main objective of the 4th Sub -Regional Workshop is to form a common advocacy platform inline with Paris agreement on climate change.
Eight keynote papers—Climate Change Impact on Water Resources, Climate Change Impact on Coastal Agriculture, Climate-Induced Displacement and Rehabilitation, Technologies for Sustainable Adaptation, Impacts of Climate Change on Youth and Children, Urban Risk Reduction and Climate Change Resilience and Livelihood and Natural Resource Management will be presented at the workshop, she added.
According to experts, the Bay of Bengal region in South Asia faces extreme weather events in form of greater frequency & intensity of tropical cyclones, floods and storm surges.
A total of 26 out of 35 deadliest tropical cyclones in the world history have been the Bay of Bengal storms. In the past two centuries, 42% of Earth’s tropical cyclone-associated deaths have occurred in Bangladesh and 27% in India.
Recently, the region including Bangladesh, India and Nepal has witnessed adverse effects of climate change in the form of severe floods that caused 41 million people affected, 950,000 house damaged and 1,200 human deaths, experts said. – Staff Reporter

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