On Friday, 25 August 2017 in the Mercy Corps Indonesia office in Jakarta, Indonesia, Naeema Jihan Zinia, a PhD student at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute at Monash University in Australia, presented her research on urban ecosystem services management in Dhaka. She presented her research during the ACCCRN Resilience Talk with the theme ‘Unacknowledged Values of Urban Ecosystems: An Analysis for Dhaka City’.

Bangladesh has one of the largest deltas in the world with a complex network of 310 rivers and their tributaries. Right now the real GDP growth rate is around 6%, 50% of GDP comes from the service sector, the literacy rate is 58% at national level, about 67% of people use improved sanitation and almost 88% people have access to safe drinking water. It’s evident that the development process in the Bangladesh delta has gained momentum. As the capital city of Bangladesh, Dhaka is the hub of all kinds of social economic and cultural activities of the country, so it attracts people to migrate from rural to urban areas.

Tightening budgets and growing needs for environmental actions have made it difficult for government to better allocate investment in protecting and restoring natural environment. Ecosystem valuation is widely used tool to determine the impact of human activities on an environmental system, by assigning an economic value to the ecosystem services.

Further reading about her presentation, please go to this link.

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