Challenges in assessing non-economic L&D of salinity in Bangladesh

Event: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014,
Date: 1-3 October 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The entire coastal belt of Bangladesh was already suffering from salinisation, caused by development and worsened by climate change. It used to be a freshwater ecosystem three or four decades ago but we had a lot of development work in the upstream area, and freshwater was reduced or supply was stopped. Salinity went up - then came sea-level rise, so more salinity. Storm surges of 7 to 8 metres high, now frequent in Bangladesh, bring in more sea water.

Ainun Nishat, BRAC University