Evidence of Adaptation to Flooding from Three Regions in Bangladesh: A Multidisciplinary Study

By Valerie Ingham, Mir Rabiul Islam, John Hicks, Ian Manock and Richard Sappey.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies

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This paper reports and analyses the research into community approaches to flooding in twelve communities in three regions in Bangladesh during 2010. The study adopted a framework utilising approaches in disaster management literature, particularly the phases of preparation, response and recovery, and relevant multidisciplinary theoretical approaches to disaster management organisations and social capital. The results suggest that there is inadequate state organisation and resources, particularly for infrastructure, during preparation and recovery phases, yet social capital is evident during response phases. However, beyond social capital, communities and individuals develop methods of adapting including changing farming practices, changing occupations, resettlement and migration to urban labour markets. Unfortunately these adaptations tend to reduce the level of social capital available for disaster response.

Keywords: Flooding, Adaptation, Disaster Management

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Volume 9, Issue 3-4, July 2015, pp.11-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 6, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 521.530KB)).

Assoc Professor Valerie Ingham

Lecturer, Course Coordinator, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

Dr. Mir Rabiul Islam

Lecturer, School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

Prof. John Hicks

Professor, School of Business, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

Ian Manock

Lecturer, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

Dr. Richard Sappey

Adjunct, School of Business, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia