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Participatory integrated assessment of flood protection measures for climate adaptation in Dhaka

Haque, Anika Nasra, Grafakos, Stelios, Huijsman, Marijk (2012) Participatory integrated assessment of flood protection measures for climate adaptation in Dhaka. Environment and Urbanization, 24 (1). pp. 197-213. E-ISSN 1746-0301. (doi:10.1177/0956247811433538) (KAR id:82824)

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Dhaka is one of the largest megacities in the world and its population is growing rapidly. Due to its location on a deltaic plain, the city is extremely prone to detrimental flooding, and risks associated with this are expected to increase further in the coming years due to global climate change impacts as well as the high rate of urbanization the city is facing. The lowest-lying part of Dhaka, namely Dhaka East, is facing the most severe risk of flooding. Traditionally, excess water in this part of the city was efficiently stored in water ponds and gradually drained into rivers through connected canals. However, the alarming increase in Dhaka’s population is causing encroachment of these water retention areas because of land scarcity. The city’s natural drainage is not functioning well and the area is still not protected from flooding, which causes major threats to its inhabitants. This situation increases the urgency to adapt effectively to current flooding caused by climate variability and also to the impacts of future climate change. Although the government is planning several adaptive measures to protect the area from floods,

process in the city of Dhaka and could greatly help reach informed and structured decisions in the development of adaptation strategies for flood protection.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0956247811433538
Uncontrolled keywords: assessment, climate adaptation, Dhaka, flood protection, multicriteria, analysis, options, prioritization
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Anika Haque
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2020 18:46 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:14 UTC
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