A pinboard by
Ishrar Tabassum

Student, North South University


In this article, the multifaceted linkages between environmental disasters, poverty and vulnerability is investigated through a case study carried out in one of the most remote areas of Bangladesh. Because of its geographical location, Bangladesh is dreadfully susceptible to disasters. The economy of Bangladesh is very unstable and it has one of the highest poverty rates in the world. And yet, after efforts are made for development, especially in the low lying regions, it is often destabilized due to cycles of flash floods, storm surges and cyclones. Afforestation is recommended as a means of embankment in the flood-prone area. To the south-western part of Bangladesh bordering the Bay of Bengal, lays the world's largest single mangrove forest, known as the Sundarbans. This mangrove forest is of great significance in view of the fact that it provides efficient guard to life and property against cyclones and storm surges. The authors therefore place emphasis on coastal afforestation as a sustainable option for protection against the natural hazards.