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Bangladesh pushes adaptation strategy as climate fears grow

Apr 25, 2013

Climate adaptation planning is likely to become a priority for Bangladesh’s leaders as the hopes of keeping global temperatures within safe limits decrease.

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The country is already one of the most vulnerable in the world to flooding and storm surges. Torrential rain last year left over 100 dead and 250,000 stranded.

And compared to the USA post Hurricane Sandy, it takes Bangladesh more time to ‘bounce back’ from extreme weather events, which the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report says will get more intense.

The effects of Cyclone Sidr in 2007 and Cyclone Aila in 2009 were still being felt in 2012 – with aid agencies relied on in some parts of the country to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and food support.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has led efforts in her country to develop an effective adaptation strategy, even opening aNational Climate Change Trust Fund of approximately US$350 million.

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