Dr Hasan Mahmud, the Minister for Environments in
Bangladesh is accompanying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to UN‘s Climate
Conference and the UNGA meeting . In an exclusive interview with VOA Bangla
Service, Dr Mahmud talks about the vulnerability of Bangladesh from the point
of view of climactic changes. He says that there is a prediction that by 2050
if the sea level rises by one meter than 19% of Bangladesh is going to go under
water. On the other hand, he adds, the population of Bangladesh during this time
will rise by another 100 million.
Dr Mahmud also says that the impact of the climate change is
very much felt in Bangladesh. The frequency of natural calamity in Bangladesh
has gone up, the salinity in Bangladesh has risen to such an extent that the
quantity of cultivable lands has decreased significantly.
These adverse impacts of climate change are increasingly
felt and unless the situation is reversed, Bangladesh will face the challenges
which will only add to the woes of its huge population. He, however, says that
up until now Bangladesh has been doing fairly well in disaster management when compared with other