Policy Brief - Livelihood Security in Changing Climate: Insights from the Coastal Region of Bangladesh

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Key messages

  • Climate change has significant implications for livelihoods in the Bangladesh, especially in coastal rural areas, where people overwhelmingly depend on agriculture, fishing, and forestry.
  • Climate change impacts are already being felt, primarily in the form of more erratic rainfall, water scarcity, shifts in the seasons, and more extreme weather.
  • There is a particular need to address the livelihood needs of poor and marginalized farmers, who are now least able to cope with environmental and economic shocks.
  • In agriculture, a major focus is on finding new crops and crop varieties that are better suited to changing conditions. There are also efforts to diversify livelihoods and to create more cash-earning opportunities.