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Climate-development integrated approach in coastal management of Bangladesh: legal and policy responses

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posted on 2022-03-28, 01:32 authored by Tanzim Afroz
Climate change and development are two cross-cutting issues that demand legal and policy responses from both international and national authorities. Bangladesh is predicted to be among the countries that will be the most substantially affected by climate change.The coastal zone of the country is particularly vulnerable.Almost all aspects of coastal development in Bangladesh could be affected by climate change. This thesis argues that Bangladesh can enhance its coastal management by strategically integrating climate change and development into its legislation and policies. For the purpose of this thesis, this integration is conceptualised as a climate development integrated approach‘. This thesis investigates the extent to which this integrated approach has been incorporated into Bangladesh‘s coastal laws and policies by reviewing 39 existing statutes and 21 policy documents using a law and policy analysis‘methodology. The finding of this thesis is that most of the sectoral laws and policies in Bangladesh do not address the issue of climate change. This suggests that the integrated approach in coastal management can help Bangladesh to promote coastal development through low-carbon growth, the mitigation of carbon emissions (eg, through participation in a global REDD+ scheme) and adaptation to climate-related hazards in the coastal region.Lastly, this thesis contributes not only to the laws and policies for sustainable coastal management in Bangladesh, but also to the laws and policies in other developing countries.


Table of Contents

Chapter I. A prologue to the thesis -- Chapter II. Climate-development integrated approach : a new development landscape for Bangladesh -- Chapter III. Coastal zone management in the reality of climate change -- Chapter IV. Climate-development integrated approach in Bangladesh's climate change laws and policies -- Chapter V. Climate-development integrated approach in Bangladesh's development policies -- Chapter VI. Climate-development integrated approach in Bangladesh's coastal zone policy and strategy -- Chapter VII. Climate-development integrated approach in Bangladesh's coastal management legislation -- Chapter VIII. A way forward to achieve climate-development integration into coastal management of Bangladesh.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 278-344

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie Law School

Department, Centre or School

Macquarie Law School

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Shawkat Alam

Additional Supervisor 1

Zada Lipman


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