Climate Migration and Urban Planning in Bangladesh: Impact and Way Forward
The State of Cities – #CityConversations with Dr Reazul Ahsan on Climate Migration and Urban Planning in Bangladesh: Impact and Way Forward.
IMPRI Center for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi invites you to a #WebPolicyTalk series –
Climate Migration and Urban Planning in Bangladesh:
Impact and Way Forward
Details of the #WebPolicyTalk:
Date: August 25, 2021
Time: 3 p.m. IST
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live
Dr Reazul Ahsan
Assistant Professor, Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah, Salt Lake, USA; Academic Lead – Urban Ecology Program, University of Utah Asia Campus, Incheon, South Korea
Reazul Ahsan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah, Salt Lake, USA. Currently, Reazul is working as an Academic Lead for the Urban Ecology Program at the University of Utah Asia Campus, in Incheon South Korea. Reazul has over 12 years of experience in higher education and research in different countries including, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, the UK, and the USA. Obtained Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning in 2013 from the University of South Australia. Reazul completed his professional research certification (Post-doc) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the USA in 2015-2016, under the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Reazul’s Key areas of teaching and research cover Urban Ecology, Smart City and Green Infrastructure, Urban Risk Management, Climate migration, and Planning, and Urban Ecosystem Services.
Dr Bina Sengar
Assistant Professor, School of History and Ancient Indian Culture, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad
Dr Simi Mehta
CEO and Editorial Director, IMPRI, New Delhi
About the #WebPolicyTalk – Climate Migration and Urban Planning in Bangladesh: Impact and Way Forward
Amid rising global temperatures and a changing physical environment, climate change has led to the development of a new social group called “Climate Migrants or Climate Refugees.” In 1995 approximately 25 million people worldwide were considered to be environment or climate refugees; it is anticipated that this number will increase to 200 million by 2050. Over the last decade rising sea levels, tropical cyclones, flash floods, soil salinity, and river erosion have emerged as the environmental or climatic push factors that have forced highly exposed and vulnerable coastal communities to migrate. In most cases people abandoned their settlements in rural and coastal areas and moved to towns and cities. Such push factors lead to chaotic and overwhelming levels of urbanization with attendant congestion, poor housing, and pollution choking urban areas. Planning systems in developing countries like Bangladesh have found it difficult to accommodate climate change-related migration and uncontrolled urbanization. Climate change is a major challenge for most coastal countries and this issue has to be addressed at various levels of planning including national, regional, and urban contexts. Consequently planning policy and practice need to evolve a vertically integrated decision-making framework linking national, regional, and local planning to address climate migration.