Bangladesh - On the climate change frontline
Bangladesh's unique topography accounts for its amazing biodiversity - it also places it at enormous risk from the changes wrought by global warming, as James Sales reports
Sandwiched between the foothills of the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh may offer the rest of the world an insight into the kind of weather and associated chaos we could all be facing. The effects and consequences to the planet of global warming - alarming predictions set out in the recent Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report - are already beginning to make their mark on the country.
For Bangladeshis this abundance of water has been both a blessing and a curse. It has brought with it silts rich in nutrients, providing a rich environment for the many subsistence farmers. However, with these benefits come hazards. In August 8m people lost their homes in flooding that also severely affected neighbouring Nepal and India.
Massive displacement predicted
The perspective from the water
synthesis report, the BBC is taking the issues to the people of Bangladesh, and the only real way to do that is on the water. Throughout November, the BBC World Service will be covering several hundred kilometres along the country's river systems to gain a unique perspective from people who will be at the frontline of the threat posed by climate change.
The BBC Bengali service, which reaches an estimated 16.9m people, is planning a number of special programmes connecting with its audiences in rural areas, focusing on climate change and environmental issues already affecting them.
In conjunction with the BBC World Service Trust they will also be conducting a number of Interactive discussion programmes, Sanglap, from the vessel which will be televised on 'Channel i' in Bangladesh as well as broadcast on radio and the internet.
BBC World Service English and the wider BBC will also feature interviews with prominent climate change experts, as well as producing a range of news, documentaries, features and interactive programmes from the vessel throughout the season.
BBC World Service Trust, Sanglap
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