Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science

Giuliano Di Baldassarre about adaptation to flood risk in Bangladesh


Giuliano Di Baldassarre, the Director of CNDS, contributed to a piece about Bangladesh's challenges and new-founded opportunities posed by flooding on Radio Sweden’s program “Vetandets värld”.

Professor Giuliano Di Baldassarre points out that today there are significantly fewer fatalities and economic losses in Bangladesh as a result of storms and floods than just 40 years ago. Things are truly getting better and it is important that we take note of these lessons in order to see if and how they can be implemented elsewhere.

Research reveals that the world's perhaps most vulnerable country, Bangladesh, has indeed become better at managing recurring violent floods and in fact has learned ways to use them to initiate new commercial activities. A new giant industry, shrimp cultivation, has literally grown up in Bangladesh's huge water bodies. Despite a successful learning curve in terms of reducing losses caused by natural hazards, Giuliano Di Baldassarre believes there are limits to Bangladesh’s adaptation, especially considering the other rising challenges such as the growing population. Therefore it is important to apply a comprehensive approach to disaster management, giving consideration to technical, economic, political and societal factors.

Listen to the entire radio program here.