Climate Adaptation for a Sustainable Economy: Lessons from Bangladesh, an Emerging Tiger of Asia


Moazzem Hossain (Editor)
Griffith University, Nathan, QLD, Australia

Q K Ahmad (Editor)
Dhaka School of Economics, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mazharul M Islam (Editor)
Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, Bath, UK

Series: Asian Political, Economic and Social Issues
BISAC: BUS069000

When thinking of the leaders of Asia who brought landmark prosperity to their respective nations from the second half of the 20th century, two leaders immediately come to mind: late Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore and Dr. Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia. Bangladesh’s own Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did not have time to turn Bangladesh into a prosperous nation, but he was the architect of the Bangladesh nation, which sacrificed three million men and women, and two hundred thousand women lost dignity in a liberation war in 1971. These leaders had one thing in common, they had visions about prosperity and freedom. Singapore and Malaysia realized late Prime Minister Lee and Prime Minister Mahthir’s visions in their life time. Mahathir is still living. Mujib too had a vision for the prosperity of his people.

His vision was, in his words, “I want to make Bangladesh the Switzerland of Asia”. In other words, Sheikh Mujib wanted to make Bangladesh a Golden Bengal, a member of the OECD nations. Since the dark days of 1975 when he was killed by assassins’ bullets, the nation has been looking for opportunity to realize Mujib’s visions. Finally, the opportunity came to his daughter Sheikh Hasina in 1996 and with a break of next five years at last she got momentum in 2009 for taking Bangladesh to prosperity. The incumbent government since 2009 has been doing extraordinarily well to maintain and fulfill all the requirements of a “middle income” status which was awarded in March 2018. Sheikh Hasina has recently said, “Bangladesh will achieve the goals to become a middle income nation by 2021, three years ahead of the deadline set by the World Bank. She has been working tirelessly for transforming Bangladesh into a “developed” nation by 2041. Indeed, she is a visionary too for realizing the visions of Mujib by making Bangladesh the Switzerland of Asia. Her vision 2021 is coming to an end in two years’ time and it is clear now world-wide on the nation’s development agenda in place to 2041, coinciding with UN agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals).
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Realizing the Dream of Bangladesh’s Architect in the Era of Climate Change
(Moazzem Hossain, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD, Australia)

Chapter 2. Accelerating Adaptation Action and Support: Livelihoods and Food Security with Particular Reference to Bangladesh
(Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Dhaka School of Economics, Constituent Institution of the University of Dhaka)

Chapter 3. Coastal Zones of Bangladesh: A Tale of Pessimism and Optimism
(Abdullah Al-Maruf, Aminul Islam, Afshana Sarmin and J. Craig Jenkins, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh, and others)

Chapter 4. Wash and Nutrition in Children under the Age of Five in Bangladesh: Linkage with Agriculture
(Mohammad Monirul Hasan, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany)

Chapter 5. Vulnerability to Food Security Due to Riverbank Erosion in Bangladesh
(Alam, G. M. M., Khatun, M. N., Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Bangladesh, and Sarker, M. N. I. Sichuan University, China)

Chapter 6. How Women Develop Resiliency in Climate Vulnerable Situations: Experiences of Women across Four Regions of Bangladesh
(M. Tanjeela and S. Rutherford, Griffith Health Schools, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Chapter 7. Climate Change Adaptation Efforts for Increasing Resilience: Exploring the Case of Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund Projects
(Shafiqul Islam, School of Environment and Science, Griffith University, Australia)

Chapter 8. Vulnerability of Agro-Based Livelihoods to Climate Change in Coastal Zones of Bangladesh
(Shilpi Kundu, Ranjan Roy and Rajesh S. Kumar, School of Environment and Science, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, and others)

Chapter 9. Exports, Imports and Sustainable Economic Growth in Bangladesh
(S. Selvanathan, M. Jayasinghe and E. A. Selvanathan)

Chapter 10. Agribusiness in Bangladesh: Prospects and Challenges
(Nazrul Islam, Department of Economics, School of Business and Economics, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and others)

Chapter 11. Power to Gas: A Green Technology for Decarbonization of the Energy Sector
(Mazharul M Islam, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, Bath, England)


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