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Intership Report: Climate Change in Bangladesh

Climate change is now a harsh reality in Bangladesh. With its exceedingly flat and low lying geography and approximately 710 km of exposed coastlines, it is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to natural disasters. As a result of its geography, Bangladesh frequently suffers from devastating floods, cyclones, storm surges, riverbank erosion, salinity, and drought.

During my internship period from April to June 2016 with an environmental NGO (USS) in coastal Bangladesh, I helped facilitate several capacity building trainings on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and climate resilient agriculture. As an adaptation practice in water-logged areas, I provided training to climate refugees on the preparation of floating agricultural beds using water hyacinth. Water hyacinth, which was once a curse to the community, is now a valuable community resource. Vegetables can be cultivated on these floating beds, producing nutritious organic food.

I additionally assisted local disaster management committees to conduct community risk assessment and prepare a risk reduction action plan, which is the basis for development works at village level. Apart from climate and disaster preparation and management, I also contributed to agriculture field training on vermicompost production, multiple crop cultivation, and salt tolerant crop cultivation.

This was an ideal opportunity; as an environmentalist, I always looked for work in the field of climate change and disaster management. I deeply enjoyed the work because I am familiar with the people's sufferings and need to cope with climate change as I am also from the coastal part of Bangladesh. My organization gave me the freedom to work for the community and I am proud to have carried out the work efficiently. I encourage GCE students to visit Bangladesh and work in climate change-related fields for internships and work.

Md. Lokman Hossain, Global Change Ecology (MSc) student

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