Climate Displacement and Resilience
This Outcomes Report highlights the key findings from the Roundtable "Climate Displacement and Resilience" which took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The event was hosted in partnership with the South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG) of North South University.
Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world and it is expected to be severely impacted by climate change in the coming decades. Rising sea levels, frequent and severe natural disasters, and unexpected changes in weather patterns are all likely to contribute to displacement in Bangladesh.
The event framed major issues related to climate induced displacement in Bangladesh and provided some way forward to resilience. The policy discussion engaged climate migration experts and interested professionals to participate in a solution-oriented discussion on Bangladesh’s actions and responses to climate change induced displacement to shape understanding of the climate debate in Bangladesh prior to COP28.
The key findings of the event focused on framing the current climate displacement issues in Bangladesh and expert recommendations on how to create resiliency and sustainability at the local and community level. Proper data and evidence-based interventions, community-based and people-centric approaches, climate-resilient sustainable agriculture, and a sensitive approach for the diverse and marginal people were some of the major recommendations from the expert panelists.
- Reliable, up-to-date displacement data is the first step toward creating informed interventions
- The mismatch between national policies and the needs of the people at the local level would have to be addressed
- Strengthening infrastructures and building capacity would create long-term changes
- Enhancing climate investment potential to strengthen resilience
- Both global and local partnership is paramount for sustainable change
The roundtable was held on May 2, 2023, at the Syndicate Hall, North South University in partnership with the South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG) of North South University.