Impacts of anthropogenic activities on natural resources and food security in the coastal region of Bangladesh

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[Final Report PR # 2/07]

This study was conducted in four Upazilas under South-west to South-east districts (Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat and Cox’s Bazaar) of Bangladesh through household survey, monitoring, case studies, institutional consultations and secondary information to assess the impacts of anthropogenic activities on natural resources and food security in the coastal region. A number of anthropogenic activities such as human population growth; coastal embankment; upstream withdrawal of Ganges water; brackish water shrimp farming; salt production; use of agro-chemicals, un-planned industrial and commercial activities, i.e. ship breaking, brick burning and tobacco curing; exploitation of natural resources; and settlement, urbanization and transportation etc. were identified and found to put detrimental impacts on both natural resource and production environments. Anthropogenic activities also have been found to increase socioeconomic vulnerabilities of the resource poor communities. Moreover, long term projection of food security in the studied region indicated that food insecurity situation in the region is likely to be widened in the near future under existing scenarios. The study recommended that steps to be taken at priority basis at both field and policy levels before the ecological damages become irreversible, food insecurity is widened as well as socio-economic vulnerabilities of the local communities are deepened. 

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Date and language
Dec 2009
English
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Food Security
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O-2009-35
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269
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