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ED: Locally-led adaptation is the way forward

  • Published at 12:34 am January 14th, 2021
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A holistic approach ought to be the measure taken moving forward

Bangladesh remains one of the most vulnerable countries to the threat of climate change, and as such, when it comes to adaptation, we must not only be as efficient as possible, but take into account that any measures we take must benefit everyone, particularly the most vulnerable in our society who are most at risk. 

To that end, renowned climate scientist Saleemul Huq stressing on the importance of locally-led adaptation measures appears to be the right approach, with the principal reason for emphasizing locally-led adaptation being to adopt a more bottom-up approach, where the beneficiaries of the interventions are treated as partners, with their knowledge and views incorporated into the design. 

Indeed, what often happens in most top-down interventions is that they fail to reach the most vulnerable communities and ignore the experiential knowledge of the communities themselves. This is completely counterproductive to the desirable outcomes of these interventions, and as such, this shift in mindset is necessary, and cannot happen soon enough. 

When it comes to something as crucial as adaptation to climate change, it is no surprise that a holistic approach, where all the stakeholders actively play a role, ought to be the measure taken moving forward. Not only does this provide reassurance to the endangered communities that their voices are being heard, but due to its cooperative nature and greater community participation, there is far greater transparency, and as such, reduces corruption and misuse of funds. 

Climate change will be the biggest threat to humanity this century. If Bangladesh is indeed going to be successful in mitigating its effects, it must remain pro-active in identifying the best course of action, and making the necessary changes when they are needed.

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