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Sea level rise poses high risk

Published : 25 Jan 2020 09:30 PM | Updated : 05 Sep 2020 09:48 PM
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The rising sea level is affecting South Asia's agriculture and industries severely as a consequence of climate change.
According to the Germanwatch Climate Risk Index, Bangladesh is the seventh most climate-vulnerable country in the world.
According to an estimate, nearly 13 percent of coastal land will be submerged by 2080 due to sea-level rise. In recent times, flooding in one country is affecting other countries. As a result, regional integrated initiatives need to be further expanded to address the impacts of climate change, experts opined.
Climate Expert of Inside Climate (IC) Mamunur Rashid said, “Because of natural disasters, economies of countries including Bangladesh will be facing an ominous fate. Researchers have warned that it will increase the burden.”
At the same time, government development activities have to be tackled as well as various types of threats, he added.
He further mentioned that, the truth is, we cannot prevent climate change. Similarly, the process of increasing sea level height cannot be completely prevented.
Coastal Researcher Badrul Alam said, “Emphasis should be given to various state and international joint arrangements to deal with the security risks that will arise for sea-level rise.”
But it is possible to avoid catastrophic tasks. It is the global agenda that the climate movement is at its core, he added. The expert also said, to meet the international commitment to reduce carbon emissions, industrialized countries have to come forward. We need to focus on our ability and adaptability to deal with the climate crisis.

Migration researcher of a Sweden based NGO, Tawfique Ali said, “millions of Bangladeshis will lose their homes and land, and be forced to move elsewhere; We need to build a city where these displaced people can find workplaces, live quality lives.

Bangladesh must be prepared for the dire situation. The solution for Bangladesh is to plan to transform several small cities into large industrialized cities, he added.

He further mentioned that, emphasis should be given to the management of rivers, ponds, and water. The implementation of the green economy and development plan will have to come forward.