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Evolution of Climate Change Adaptation Policy and Negotiation

May 2018, Saleemul Huq, Yousuf Mahid and Nadine Suliman

Climate change, one of the greatest challenges presently facing mankind, is pressing widespread and detrimental effectsto both current and future generations. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has underscored the veracity of current changing weather patterns and the need for immediate and rigorous action. The predictions from scientific communities have endorsed that mitigation efforts alone, even at their most stringent, would be insufficient in responding to expected impacts of climate change over the next few decades, noting the variety of biophysical and socioeconomic repercussions (Helgeson and Ellis, 2015; The Committee on Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation, 2010). This indicates an increasing need for adaptation initiatives and policies in parallel with long-term mitigation action to ensure the security, safety, and sustainable development of all countries. As such, the state of adaptation in the global negotiation platform known as United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has evolved significantly in the recent years. This current notion portrays adaptation as one of the imperative pillars for upcoming climate change negotiations of the conventions.


The Resilience Academy 2016: Enhancing resilience to minimize Loss and Damage – providing knowledge for the UNFCCC April 2017. Ahmed I., Ayeb-Karlsson S. & van der Geest K.

This bulletin updates the outputs of Resilience Academy 2016.


Environment, Migration and Adaptation: Evidence and Politics of Climate Change in Bangladesh. January 2015, Ed. Bishawjit Mallick and Benjamin Etzold.

This edited book aims at reaching policy makers, scientists and the public. It brings together renowned scholars in the field, who discuss environmental chang- es, people’s ways of adaptation and migration patterns in Bangladesh. It presents empirical evidence of climatic changes and natural hazards and how they relate to people’s livelihoods, social vulnerability, food security, and human mobility. The book also addresses the inherent politics of environmental change, adaptation and migration in Bangladesh. The contributions in this book thereby provide a concise overview in the field of ‘environmentally-induced migration’ in Bangladesh. De- cision-makers, students, teachers, and researchers working in this field can learn from the conceptual assumptions, methodological explanations, empirical findings and the critical discussions that are presented in each chapter of this book. Most contributions also derive policy recommendations from their data and key argu- ments. There is a brief summary for policy-makers for each chapter. For the Bangladeshi audience, this summary is also provided in Bangla.


 

 Ensuring Access for the Climate Vulnerable in Bangladesh: Financing Local Adaptation. September 2012, Kevan Christensen et al.

ActionAid Bangladesh, in association with experts, academicians, scientists and other stakeholders, conducted the study “Financing Local Adaptation: Ensuring Access for the Climate Vulnerable in Bangladesh”. It captures ground experiences to provide some guidelines for a structure that ensures equitability, transparency and effectiveness. AAB will remain dedicated for achieving justice and a climate-resilient future for those most at risk.


 

Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources and Human Health: Empirical Evidences from a Coastal District (Satkhira) in Bangladesh. December 2012, Md. Golam Rabbani, Saleemul Huq and Syed Hafizur Rahman.

This chapter emphasizes observations on the impacts of climate change on water resources and human health with special reference to the coastal zone in Bangladesh. It is part of larger volume edited by Velma I. Grover called “Impact of Climate Change on Water and Health”.


 

Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources and Human Health: Empirical Evidences from a Coastal District (Satkhira) in Bangladesh, December 2012, Md. Golam Rabbani, Saleemul Huq and Syed Hafizur Rahman.

This chapter emphasizes observations on the impacts of climate change on water resources and human health with special reference to the coastal zone in Bangladesh. It is part of larger volume edited by Velma I. Grover called “Impact of Climate Change on Water and Health”.