Home » Climate/Climate Change » Bangladesh: Mangrove forests provide protection from climate change


Bangladesh: Mangrove forests provide protection from climate change


Dhaka – On the first day of her official visit to Bangladesh, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark traveled to the remote island of Char Kukri-Mukri on the southeast coast. This island, with a population of around 20,000, is on the frontline of Bangladesh’s work to adapt to climate change.

Sea levels on the coast of Bangladesh are expected to rise up to 23cm, directly affecting the lives of 38 million Bangladeshis living in coastal areas. Char Kukri-Mukri is already experiencing a marked increase in both the frequency and intensity of cyclones and accompanying tidal surges, disrupting agriculture and fishing, and also causing massive erosion. With about 70 percent of the population subsisting on crop agriculture and fishing, these changes are threatening a community already struggling below the poverty line.

To reduce the vulnerability of these communities to climate change and to help them adapt to its effects, UNDP began working with Bangladesh’s Ministry of Environment and Forest on an innovative project. Char Kukri-Mukri was one of four sites chosen for this project which is establishing 6,100 hectares of mangrove plantations and 935 hectares of timber species and fruit trees. Women in Char Kukri-Mukri have been trained to grow mangrove saplings, as well as trees used for timber, such as bamboo, and in forest management. Mangrove saplings will soon be planted along the coastline to create mangrove forests containing over 2.5 million trees over the four sites.

Mangrove forests act as extremely effective carbon sinks, able to absorb 97.57 tons of carbon per hectare, or more than three times the absorptive capacity of non-mangrove forests. More importantly for Bangladesh’s coastal communities, mangroves also provide physical protection, trapping sediment in their intricate root structure at such a high rate that they can potentially reverse the effects of sea level rise. Every year, millions of tons of sediment are washed through Bangladesh’s river delta near Char Kukri-Mukri, offering one of the few natural lifelines the country can harness to protect itself against the impacts of climate change and combat coastal erosion.

Speaking to the media at the end of the visit, Helen Clark stressed the need for poor communities to be able to adapt to climate change.

“Climate justice means that the people who are most affected by climate change have the ability to overcome the difficulties that this change has brought. It means being able to adapt and live with the change which is already with us, and it is practical things like the mangroves, like ways of earning a living, like being able to lift the level of the roads and the houses, and to be able to insulate yourself from the changes,” she said.

“At UNDP we advocate for poor countries to get access to climate justice. We want to see a climate deal, we want to see a substantial amount of resource flow to communities like this one so they can adapt and live within the change which is already inevitable. We know the people who are affected the most by climate change are those with no responsibility for bringing it about. So if you have no responsibility for causing the harm but you are harmed by it, there is an issue of justice.”


No comments

Be the first one to leave a comment.

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.


Recent Post

Hacked By Chinafans

Hacked By Chinafans Share this:TweetEmailPrint Related


Is there anyone to give right answer of these aassesment? I think You will be able to get the progress of Bangladesh in Flood controls and management shortly. To...

Issue of this week (21 August, 2016)

Issue of this week (21 August, 2016)

site de rencontre pour promener son chien prostitute how to site de rencontre cv prostituee et mst club rencontre solo rencontre edarling jeu virtuel gratuit de...


Very Good News for Bangladesh!!

It has been published in a daily newspaper that about 16 sq. km land is emerging every year in the coastal area of Bangladesh (Source: Prothom Alo, 05 August, 2016)....


Issue of this week

Coastal Tourism Potentiality in Bangladesh Bangladesh has a very beautiful coastal landscape. It can attract both local and foreign tourist. Do you think coastal...


Accidental Oil Pollution in the Sundarbans: Preparedness for Response to Ecological Disaster

Abstract: Sundarbans is the largest single mangrove forest of the world. This forest occupies near about 10,000 sq km of which Bangladesh includes about 6,000 sq....


Climate Change Induced Tropical Cyclone and Salinity Intrusion in the Sundarbans: An Impediment to the REDD Programs

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries, or REDD for short, is a broad set of approaches and actions that will reduce...

The Suspended Sediment Loads of Ganges and Brahmaputra basin

The Suspended Sediment Loads of Ganges and Brahmaputra basin

prostituee villeparisis rencontre chaude kinshasa prostituees red dead redemption rencontre artisanal sombernon comment faire rencontre gratuite rencontres bd aix...

Modern sediment supply to the lower delta plain of the Ganges-Brahmaputra River in Bangladesh

Modern sediment supply to the lower delta plain of the Ganges-Brahmaputra River in Bangladesh

rencontres ellezelles prostituee reze centre recherche rencontre paris les dix commandements la rencontre ballouchi tunisie rencontre rencontre femme vallet rencontre...

Congratulations to Cricket Team of Geography and Environment

Congratulations to Cricket Team of Geography and Environment

We are very pleased to inform all our PG-DU.com members that, Geography and Environment department of University of Dhaka has finally got the “Inter-department...