Research Objective and Methodology

By starting with an extensive field research in a representative number of locations in the delta area and by getting to know
ongoing procedural acts of analysis and research studies the task and aim of this project will be the prevention of massive
migration of environmental and climatic refugees. Therefore the first step were visits at various institutions like the Bangladesh
Meteorological Department (BMD), the Institute of Water Modelling (IWM), the International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN), OXFAM in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP), the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS),
the Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), the Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme
(CDMP) and various institutions at Universities in the capital Dhaka like BRAC University, BUET and North South University.
These opportunities will be used to learn more about the current situation and the institutions specific approaches to this topic.

As a result of deep analysis and research at all this institutions and their various approaches for a prospective development in
the urbanized delta area in Bangladesh strategies shall be carefully developed to achieve significant long-term benefits for the
population in the threatened regions. Therefore a fundamental objective of this research is the development of tools that will help
prepare Bangladesh anticipating a rise of sea and flood levels by having a look on how inhabitants are already dealing with the
present situation of permanent flooding – the deduction from the existing: Learning from Bangladesh! By taking existing elements
that can be assimilated to a potential procedure – not by operating in the Noah’s Ark principle but by an implementation of
processes that will help develop various forms of annexation and empower inhabitants to help themselves.

Case Study Bangladesh by Martin Zettel

Presented at the 5th Int. PhD Seminar » Urbanism & Urbanization at KU Leuven, Belgium // 2009

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