Population Association of America (PAA) 2013 Annual Meeting
"Identified changes in local climate and its impact on livelihood of coastal fisher communities: Evidence from Bangladesh"
Pronob K. Mozumder, Kaji Tamanna Keya, and Abdur Rob Mollah
Bangladesh is the worst affected victim of climate change and the fisher folk of coastal fisheries are the most vulnerable. The objective of this research was to identify the changes in local climate and its impact on fishermen's livelihood. The study was conducted from January 2010 to April 2012 in three coastal unions: inside dam, outside of dam, and an island. Findings show that identified changes that were rare 25 years ago are quite common at present and impacting the life of coastal people, their assets and livelihoods. The impact was similar, but the extent of loss was lowest inside the dam and highest at island. Every year, the loss of working days is increasing and jeopardizing the livelihood of fishermen communities. Based on findings, construction of embankments, cyclone centers and strong radio signal transmitting towers, and ensuring the fitness of boats is important to ensure their livelihood.
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