Bangladesh - Climate - Saltwater intrusion
Abdul Majed used to be a rice farmer in the Khulna province. He now makes a subsistence living as a shrimp farmer. With the sea level rising due to global warming, vast areas with rice paddies are now being destroyed by salt water intrusion. With the paddies destroyed, Abdul turned the same paddies into shrimp farm instead. He now makes more money than before, delivering 12-15 crates of shrimp every other week. – This has been good for my economy, he says, but admits the changing weather patterns and salt water intrusion worries him.
According to the World Bank, coastal Bangladesh can easily see a 15 percent drop in rice production in the coastal regions within year 2050. The Khulna region is already damaged by salt water, but attempts are made to grow different kinds of rice that can handle the stress.
One of the poorest countries in the world, Bangladesh is also one of the countries most vulnerable to climate changes. With a sea level rise of 1.5 meter, close to 17 million people will be affected, according to GRID-Arendal, a knowledge center collaborating with UNEP.