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Challenges in assessing non-economic L&D of salinity in Bangladesh

In Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014, 1-3 October 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ainun Nishat, BRAC University

The entire coastal belt of Bangladesh was already suffering from salinisation, caused by development and worsened by climate change. It used to be a freshwater ecosystem three or four decades ago but we had a lot of development work in the upstream area, and freshwater was reduced or supply was stopped. Salinity went up - then came sea-level rise, so more salinity. Storm surges of 7 to 8 metres high, now frequent in Bangladesh, bring in more sea water.

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