Local Response to Global Climate Change: A Case of Drinking Water in a Bangladesh Village

By Md. Ashiqur Rahman.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Bangladesh, a low-lying alluvial country with 150 million population facing 710 km long coast to the Bay of Bengal is one of those countries which is responsible least but victim most of global warming or climate change. Different projection shows that a large coastal portion of this country will be severely affected due to sea level rise related impacts. One major such consequence is salt water intrusion in the coastal region which is already happening and thousands of people have been struggling to adapt with salinity in different walks of their lives such as drinking water, sanitation, livelihood etc. This paper deals with exclusively how do local populations of a coastal village of Bangladesh respond to salt water intrusion regarding drinking water where their indigenous techniques are discussed. The findings come out from a minor field work and to make sense my gathered data I have used the adaptation theories of Ecological Anthropology more specifically how people respond to the changing environment.

Keywords: Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, Bangladesh, Salinity, Drinking Water

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.265-276. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.128MB).

Md. Ashiqur Rahman

Assistant professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh

He is an assistant professor in the department of Anthropology, Chittagong University, Bangladesh and presently pursuing PhD in The School of Anthropology at The University of Arizona in USA. After completing honours and masters’ in Anthropology he has recently done his second master’s in Development Studies majoring in Anthropology from The University of Lund, Sweden. He is a person with strong research interest on human dimension of climate change and three events shapes his interest to dig deeper climate change adaptation in Bangladesh. Firstly, he did a summer course on “Global warming: Science and Society” jointly organized by the University of California and Lund University, Sweden in 2008. Secondly; he participated in the third international conference on ‘Community based adaptation to climate change’ in 2009 in Bangladesh. Thirdly; in the same year he attended the ‘U21 summer school on climate change adaptation’ organized by The University of Queensland, Australia where teachers and students researching on climate change from both north and south gathered and exchanged their views on the issue. These three things along with his masters dissertation on climate change and his background in Socio-cultural anthropology shapes his research interest to dig deeper human dimension of climate change. Mr. Rahman has worked on rural development, ethnoecology, biodiversity management and ecological anthropology.

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