Easing the Pressure on Dhaka: Developing climate resilient and migrant-friendly secondary cities

Takeaways Author: Saleemul Huq

The second Annual National Conference on Urban Resilience was just held in Dhaka to discuss the future pathways to build urban resilience in Bangladesh. From urbanisation, population growth to climate impacts, Dhaka is now facing great challenges. What overarching issues that need to be highlighted?

Integrating vulnerable people into the system

Member Interview Author: Farraz Theda, Lubaina Rangwala, Arfiana Khairunnisa

Lubaina is a Managing Associate with the Climate Resilience Practice and WRI India based in Mumbai office. She is currently leading urban resilience work for the WRI India’s Sustainable Cities program, focusing on livelihood protection as a means to build resilience in poor and vulnerable communities. Her current project focuses on the simultaneous impacts of climate change and urbanization on the livelihoods of coastal peri-urban communities living on the outskirts of Mumbai.

Zinia talks on her research about adaptation strategies in Dhaka

Bangladesh faces multi-dimentional challenges related to population growth, rapid urbanisation, land use change, and natural hazards. But, the severity of these challenges is event more intense given the likely climate change in terms of salinity intrusion, sea level rise, scarcity of fresh water, and increasing frequent of extreme events.

As a citizen of Dhaka, she has witnessed how the city has been growing in an unplanned manner. So, she has tried to learn about these issues and tried to assess why this happens and what we can do as individuals. 

A new model for economic growth and youth inclusion

Opinion Author: Nicholas Taylor

"The concept of the ‘sharing economy’ could be extended to thinking across the various types of Asian entrepreneurship and public participation." Investing in the skills of young people, start ups and the sharing economy, could be key to fostering socially inclusive economic growth in Asia, argues urban development consultant Nicholas Taylor.