Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 11:00 AM

Project Type

Poster- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

Since gaining its independence from Pakistan in 1971, the nation of Bangladesh has faced innumerable economic and social challenges. As in other densely populated regions around the world, a growing human population and the resulting increase in demand for resources has put pressure on critical natural reserves such as fisheries, forests, and soil fertility. In addition to regional problems caused by population growth, Bangladesh must also contend with the impacts of global climate change and their consequences. Assuming that widespread consensus exists about the role of climate change in Bangladeshs environmental woes, this study will examine the impact of the Bangladeshi governments response to regional ecosystem damage and the management of displaced populations. The role of corruption and the social divisions within Bangladeshi society will also be factored into this analysis. Ultimately, this study seeks to understand how Bangladeshs high population density and environmental policy interact with the effects of global climate change to create a nation vulnerable to environmental disasters and population displacement.

Faculty Sponsor

Russ Cole

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Environmental Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

482

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May 1st, 10:00 AM May 1st, 11:00 AM

Bangladesh in the Anthropocene: Population, Policy, and Climate Change

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Since gaining its independence from Pakistan in 1971, the nation of Bangladesh has faced innumerable economic and social challenges. As in other densely populated regions around the world, a growing human population and the resulting increase in demand for resources has put pressure on critical natural reserves such as fisheries, forests, and soil fertility. In addition to regional problems caused by population growth, Bangladesh must also contend with the impacts of global climate change and their consequences. Assuming that widespread consensus exists about the role of climate change in Bangladeshs environmental woes, this study will examine the impact of the Bangladeshi governments response to regional ecosystem damage and the management of displaced populations. The role of corruption and the social divisions within Bangladeshi society will also be factored into this analysis. Ultimately, this study seeks to understand how Bangladeshs high population density and environmental policy interact with the effects of global climate change to create a nation vulnerable to environmental disasters and population displacement.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/74