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I. International Planning Workshop on:
    Conceptualizing Effective and Efficient Adaptation Policies to Climate Change in Bangladesh
    Building on current climate change research and recognizing the excellent work that has been undertaken
    in this regards, four research organizations [the BCAS, the BDRC, the IIED, and the Millennium Institute
    (MI) ] had agreed to jointly organize an International Planning Workshop to draw up a research program for
    conceptualizing effective and efficient adaptation policies to climate change in Bangladesh. Thanks to the
    generous support by the Rockefeller Foundation, this three-day workshop was held at the Rockefeller
    Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center from May 20-22, 2008.

For further details about the workshop, please see:

II. How Vulnerable are Bangladesh’s Indigenous People to Climate Change?

    Abstract: This paper compares the vulnerabilities to climate change and climate variability of the indigenous people
    with the Bengali population of Bangladesh. It distinguishes between (a) individual vulnerabilities that are related to
    an individual’s capability to adapt to climate change and; (b) spatial vulnerabilities, that is, vulnerabilities that are
    related to the location of a person (like the exposure to climate change-induced disasters). While an individual’s
    capability to adapt to climate change is determined by many factors, some relatively simple approximation is to look
    at poverty, landlessness, and illiteracy. Spatial vulnerabilities are reviewed by looking at drought hazard maps, flood
    hazard maps, landslide hazard maps, and cyclone hazard maps. Hence, the paper compares levels of poverty,
    landlessness, illiteracy, and the more direct though also more subjective exposures to increased droughts, floods,
    landslides, and cyclones across the two population groups. The paper concludes with suggestions for adaptation
    strategies of indigenous people as well as suggestions for policy interventions to reduce climate change-induced
    vulnerabilities for indigenous people.

    Revised Paper available at:
    i)        Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series
    ii)       Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
    iii)      RePEc (Research Papers in Economics)    

III. The Impact of Development and Growth on CO2 Emissions:
    A Case Study for Bangladesh until 2050
    A new study by Bernhard G. Gunter and A. Atiq Rahman uses the example of Bangladesh to illustrate the impact of
    low-income countries’ economic growth on global CO2 emissions in 2050 by using a set of alternative assumptions
    for GDP growth and improvements in energy efficiency. The study was presented at the 5th bi-annual conference of
    the United States Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) in Washington, DC, on June 1, 2009.

    Please click here to see the presentation (pdf).  
    The paper is available at:

IV. Bangladesh and the Copenhagen Accord:
    How Much Carbon Dioxide Might Bangladesh Emit in 2050?
    This study, published in Environmental Economics. Vol. 3, No. 1 (2012) builds on previous research by Bernhard G.
    Gunter (American University and BDRC) and A. Atiq Rahman (BCAS). Using a projection period until 2050, it shows
    that Bangladesh’s emission would surpass a simple equity-based per capita emission limit consistent with the
    Copenhagen Accord if there are no changes in Bangladesh’s carbon intensity and no gains in its energy efficiency,
    but that Bangladesh would stay below such a limit with some feasible improvements in energy efficiency.
    This paper is freely available at: the website of Environmental Economics (pdf).

 V. Climate Change and Bangladesh - Annotated Bibliography  
    Last time updated on January 5, 2010.

 Previous versions published on:
  • May 19, 2009
  • January 15, 2009
  • November 27, 2008
  • October 27, 2008

    Jointly with Bangladesh’s Climate Change Cell, the BDRC provides a comprehensive
    which contains information on 406 publications addressing climate change in Bangladesh.

    This publication also contains the names of and links to some 70 website resources, structured into four sections:  
    (a) main international organizations working on climate change; (b) research centers/institutes that focus on climate
    change; (c) websites of networks and/or websites with specific tools, projects, etc.; and (d) climate change related
    newsletters specifically on Bangladesh. Please note that this publication is provided only electronically as: (i) it
    contains more than 300 hyperlinks/website addresses which provide readers further information, (ii) the electronic
    version allows readers to search the contents, and (iii) it is planned to be updated frequently.

VI. Other Information on Climate Change

    1. Key Action-Related Documents:
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Presentations made on Day 1:
      Shireen Kamal Sayeed, Assistant Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangladesh

      Mozaharul Alam, Research Fellow, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS)

      Bernhard G. Gunter, President, Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC)

      John D. Shilling, Chairman, Board of Trustees, MI