Bangladesh Climate Vulnerability Profile
This vulnerability profile provides an overview of USAID program vulnerabilities for Bangladesh. Bangladesh, contains the second largest river basin in the world, and consists mostly of low and flat land; only about 10 percent of the country lies over 1 meter above mean sea level (MSL), and one-third of the land is under tidal excursions. The Bangladesh economy is predominantly based on agriculture, forestry, and fishing. Due to its unique geographic, socio-economic, and physical characteristics, the country is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Bangladesh’s water and agricultural resources (and thus economic activities) and coastal infrastructure are particularly vulnerable. Saltwater intrusion threatens Bangladeshi freshwater resources; changing temperatures, precipitation, and sea level rise could reduce agricultural productivity; and sea level rise, storm surge, and extreme events could damage or destroy coastal infrastructure. USAID adaptation activities underway in Bangladesh have focused on natural resource and disaster risk management, as well as building capacity and raising awareness within communities, local governments, and the national government. Several efforts have acknowledged the interconnectedness of implemented programs and have started to integrate climate vulnerabilities, risk assessments, and adaptation actions into their programming.Find other country and regional climate risk management resources here.