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Bangladesh – Urban poverty, climate change and built environment

BANGLADESH is considered highly vulnerable climate change and climate variability. Various predictions of sea level rise puts 55% of its population on the threat of inundation. It will affect infrastructures including water systems, housing and settlements, transport networks, utilities, and industry. In recent years the recurrence of natural disasters has increased the vulnerability of the urban poor who are considered to be most affected by climate change and climate variability. The prevalence of diseases will increase their vulnerability and constrain economic activities.

Urban poverty in Bangladesh is evident in all the towns and cities. It is estimated that 43% of urban households live below the poverty line among which 23% are considered extreme poor. Around 35% of the population of six major cities live in slums which cover only 4% of their land area with limited or no access to services. Fighting poverty in urban area requires a multi faceted approach of economic, social, cultural, political as well as physical agenda. The development practitioners and designers of built environment, working to improve the condition of the urban poor, now face new challenge to accommodate issues arising from climate change and climate variability.

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  1. July 1, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Most of the articles written on the impact of climate change invariably discussed about the poverty and physical health. No discussion about the impact of climate change on mental health had been discussed. It is evident that the climate change have a very severe impact on the mental health issues. People fall in enormous insecurity, trauma, stress disorder and so on. Worldwide the trend of research of the impact of climate change has a torrential streams toward mental health issues. Hence I suggest you to conduct some research works on this issue.

  2. November 21, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    “…Urban poverty in Bangladesh is evident in all the towns and cities. It is estimated that 43% of urban households live below the poverty line among which 23% are considered extreme poor..”
    great! thanks very much for sharing

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