Pablo Bose (Department of Geography, University of Vermont)
Pablo Bose is an urban geographer with research concentrations in migration studies and international development. His recent publications include Urban Development in India: Global Indians in the Remaking of Kolkata (Routledge, 2015) and Displacement by Development: Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities (Cambridge, 2011). He co-directs a project based at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, Canada, that focuses on environmental displacement as it relates to resource extraction, conservation, and climate change worldwide. Bose is especially interested in the impacts of these latter processes on the Global South, and the interaction between environmental displacement and the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Bangladesh, Climate Change, and the MDGs
I focus in this paper on Bangladesh’s recent progress towards achieving several MDGs and the threat posed to such a trajectory by the potentially devastating impacts of climate change on the low-lying nation. By paying specific attention to environmental questions and what preparing for climate change means for the poorest of the poor, whose lives the MDGS are meant to improve, I critically evaluate Bangladesh’s experience with the MDGs. The sheer amount of resources and attention paid to climate change adaptation and mitigation schemes in recent years in Bangladesh (as well as many other countries) suggests that such efforts are themselves becoming a new development mantra, supplanting in many ways other globally hegemonic developmental goals.
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