Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The regular, though severe, natural disasters that Bangladesh already suffers from—tropical cyclones, river erosion, flood, landslides, and drought—are all set to increase in intensity and frequency as a result of climate change.
From the rising sea levels that will increasingly inundate coastal land in Bangladesh, to dramatic coastal and river erosion that will destroy lands and homes, the very earth itself is under threat.
One of the most dramatic impacts will be the forced movement of people throughout Bangladesh as a result of losing their homes, property, and livelihoods to the effects of climate change. While it is impossible to predict completely accurate figures of how many people will be displaced by climate change, the best current estimates state that sea level rise alone will displace 18 million Bangladeshis within the next 40 years. The vast majority of these people will be displaced within Bangladesh—not across international borders—presenting the Government with enormous challenges, particularly when it comes to finding new places to live for those displaced.
Thus, Bangladesh, already one of the most densely populated countries in the world, promises to get that much more crowded.
These photographs offer just a small glimpse into what the future could hold.