PhD Oral Defense: Livelihood vulnerability to climatic stresses: A study of the northeastern flood plain communities of Bangladesh


Macdonald-Stewart Building MS2-022, 21111 Lakeshore Road, St Anne de Bellevue, QC, H9X 3V9, CA

PhD Oral Defense of H.M. Tuihedur Rahman, Natural Resource Sciences

Climatic stress vulnerability has cross-scaler influences on development interventions, particularly in developing countries. While most of climate adaptation plans and interventions are developed at national or international scales, relatively little attention has been paid to incorporate the contextual properties of climate vulnerability in adaptation-related decision making. Focusing on the wetland ecosystem dominated northeastern floodplain communities of Bangladesh, this exploratory research seeks to better understand how locally-specific socio-economic and biophysical properties serve to compound vulnerability to climatic stresses; how community members use their resources and assets in order to reduce their sensitivity to climatic stresses; and the extent to which government adaptation programmes reflect context-specific adaptation demands.

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