Exploring the intersections of disaster, climate change and greater migration into Asia’s urban centres

McNamara, Karen E. and Olson, Laura L. (2014). Exploring the intersections of disaster, climate change and greater migration into Asia’s urban centres. In: Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice. International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice, New York, NY, United States, (). 17-18 September 2014.

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Author McNamara, Karen E.
Olson, Laura L.
Title of paper Exploring the intersections of disaster, climate change and greater migration into Asia’s urban centres
Conference name International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice
Conference location New York, NY, United States
Conference dates 17-18 September 2014
Convener ICSD
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice
Place of Publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher lnternational Conference on Sustainable Development Practice
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Total pages 7
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2014) in its Fifth Assessment Report made clear indications that global warming is magnifying extreme weather events and climatic shocks. Extreme events attributed to climate change disruptions have already caused widespread consequences in local communities across the globe, resulting in shifts in patterns of rural-urban migration, most notably in developing countries in Asia. As residents of rural communities and agrarian societies face rapid- or slow-onset climatic stressors, migration to urban centres is a coping strategy that can provide an avenue for diversifying livelihood opportunities in the hope of a better life. This is particularly true for those households whose livelihoods are climatedependent such as pastoralists and farmers. People utilise migration as a strategy to improve their socio-economic situation and to minimise the risks of local environmental change; however, the impacts of climate change present a worrisome future trend which suggests more people may continue to move to urban centres only to find they are ill-equipped to provide basic resources for their households such as shelter, clean water and sanitation. This paper provides a discussion of the challenges posed by increasing rates of rural-urban migration in Bangladesh and draws from an in-depth case study of Bhola Slum in Dhaka. The slum provides a unique insight into what the future might hold for other vulnerable communities stricken by disasters so devastating that recovery in situ will become too large a hurdle to overcome. These slum residents migrated from Bhola district, a rural island in the south of the country. This out-migration began in 1970 following the devastating Bhola Cyclone and continues to this day.
Keyword Climate change
Risk
Slums
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Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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