Dhaka 20th February 2019
Center for Participatory Research and Development-CPRD organized a study sharing conference on sustainable development titled ’Socio-economic vulnerabilities of the climate migrants living in the urban slums or trapped and exposed to increased risk’ with its allied organizations named Rural Poor-DORP, SWA and Water.org at United International University (UIU), United City, Madani Avenue, Badda, Dhaka from 19-20 February, 2019.
Professor William H. Derrenger, Dean, School of Business, Canadian University of Bangladesh (CUB) chaired the conference while it was moderated by Md. Shamsuddoha, Chief Executive, Center for Participatory Research and Development-CPRD.
In the introductory statement, Md. Shamsuddoha, Chief Executive, CPRD discussed the provisions of basic services in Bangladesh and how the situation varies according to various class of people living in different parts of the country and Dhaka city. He then addressed the issue about climate change induced displacement which is a big concern for Bangladesh currently and also emphasized on ensuring adequate water supply and healthy sanitation.
Later, Ms. Alokananda Datta from CPRD gave her presentation on socio-economic vulnerabilities of the climate migrants living in the urban slums. Ms. Datta stated some key issues such as, how climate change is acting as a major driver for displacement and migration in terms of various socio-economic issues; how climate migrants are significantly more vulnerable than non-climate migrants and major push and pull factors behind displacement and migration of victim community. She narrated some key vulnerabilities of basic services like accommodation and employment, water insufficiency, security problem, and health hazard. She also added that slum dwellers are still suffering a lot in terms of the poor drainage system and waterlogging, eviction issue, irregularities in rent increase, extortion and so on.
To end the session, Professor William H. Derrenger, who chaired the session gave his concluding remarks by saying that this extensive study would be a great resource for NGO and government organization to know which issues need to be addressed immediately and which problems need more attention.