Changes in temperature, increased frequency and severity of floods, droughts, heat-waves, cyclones and storm surges, sea level rise, salinity intrusion are affecting wide ares of Bangladesh. These changes are seriously affecting agriculture, crops, livestock and fisheries, and threatening the food security of Bangladesh.
We are working relentlessly to overcome our vulnerabilities and create adaptation measures for the people. Over the last decade we have spent on an average around US$ 1 billion annually for adapting to climate change impacts. Bangladesh being one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change is also at the forefront of learning how to tackle the adverse impacts of climate change. Considering the adverse impact of climate change, the government is currently constructing 378 more cyclone shelters. Apart from this 3,868 multi-purpose cyclone shelters have been built across the coastal districts and 1,650 more shelters would be constructed gradually. Due to the present government’s various timely and effective measures, the impact of natural calamities have come down significantly.
We are expecting to take advantage of the best of adaptation practices, most cost effective solutions and risk reduction with the help of the Global Commission on Adaptation. The adverse effects of climate change will affect everyone sooner than the world had estimated. So investment in adaptation must be priortised urgently around the globe."