Climate change and community resilience: Insights from South Asia

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This book contains 29 chapters documenting the many ways community-based climate change adaptation and resilience programmes are being implemented in South Asian countries. The narrative style of writing makes the book accessible to diverse audiences from academics and researchers to practitioners in various governmental, non-governmental, and international agencies. At a time when climate change threatens all of humanity, the stories of innovation, creativity, grassroots engagement, and locally applicable solutions highlighted in this book provide insights into the hopeful ways of approaching climate solutions and community resilience. South Asian countries have been dealing with the impact of climate change for decades and thus offer valuable learning opportunities for developing countries within and beyond the region as well as many western countries that are confronting the wrath of climate-induced natural disasters more recently.

The volume is published by Springer Nature (Singapore) and is dedicated to the late Professor Karl-Göran Mäler, one of the founding members of SANDEE. The book is open access, and the readers will have free and unlimited access to this book after the launch.




K. Enamul Haque is the Professor of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at East West University Dhaka, Bangladesh, Director of Economic Research Group, Executive Director of Asian Center for Development, Member of the Steering and Advisory Committees SANDEE, and a member of the South Asian Network for Environmental Law and Policy. He is an environmental economist with teaching, research and popular articles on climate change, agriculture, and urban issues in developing countries with a focus on South Asia in general and Bangladesh in particular.

Pranab Mukhopadhyay is the Professor of Economics at the Goa Business School and the Program Director (Economics) at Goa University, India. He is a Fellow of SANDEE and INSEE and the former President of INSEE (2016-18). He was also an Environmental Economist at IUCN, Nepal, and was a consultant to ICIMOD, Foundation for Ecological Security, and GIZ India. His work focuses on global change, managing commons, nature and society, sustainable development, ecosystem services, and economic growth. He graduated from Presidency College, Calcutta and did his master’s and doctoral work at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Mani Nepal is the Programme Coordinator for SANDEE and the Lead Economist at ICIMOD.  He has served as Associate Professor of Economics, Tribhuvan University; Visiting Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, USA; Visiting Professor, Kathmandu University; and Adjunct Professor, Agriculture and Forestry University, Nepal. He also worked as a Senior Economist at the Department of Finance and Administration, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and as an Economist at the Nepal Foundation for Advanced Studies. With research interests at the intersection of development and environmental issues, Nepal is a Fulbright scholar who received an M.S. degree in Policy Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of New Mexico, USA.

Md Rumi Shammin is the Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, Ohio, USA where he also served as the Chair of the programme from 2015-2019. Shammin’s work focuses on energy and climate change analysis; climate adaptation and resilience building in developing countries; behavioural and human dimensions of the environment; ecological economics; refugee camp environmental management; environmental justice; and urban sustainability. He has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign and a Master’s in Natural Resources with a minor in Agricultural & Biological Engineering from Cornell University.

Contributing authors

A.K. Enamul Haque, Department of Economics, East West University, Bangladesh

Adnan Nazir, Department of Agricultural Economics Sindh Agriculture University, Pakistan

Ajaz Ahmed, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan

Amy Wang, Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College, USA

Anu Susan Sam, Regional Agricultural Research Station, Kerala Agricultural University, Kumarakom, Kerala, India

Apsara Karki Nepal, ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal

Archana Raghavan Sathyan, College of Agriculture, Kerala Agricultural University, Vellayani, Kerala, India

Bijal Brahmbhatt, Executive Director, Mahila Housing Sewa Trust, Ahmedabad, India

Bishal Bharadwaj, Government of Nepal, and University of Queensland, Australia

Chandra Sekhar Bahinipati, Indian Institute of Technology, Tirupati, India

E. Somanathan, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India

E.P.N. Udayakumara, Department of Natural Resources, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka

Estiaque Bari, Department of Economics, East West University, Bangladesh

Fathimath Shafeeqa, Institute of Research and Development Pvt Ltd, Malé, Maldives

Harshkumar Nareshkumar Panchal, School of Public Policy IIT, New Delhi, India

Heman Das Lohano, Department of Economics, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan

Hemasiri B. Kotagama, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Islam M. Faisal, Senior Policy Analyst, Department of Conservation and Climate, Government of Manitoba, Canada

Ismat Ara Pervin, Institute of Water Modelling, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Jamyang Choda, School of Social Sciences, Royal University of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan

Kolpona De Costa, Department of Economics, East West University, Bangladesh

Kuenzang Tshering, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Liya Thomas, Foundation for Ecological Security, Anand, India

M. Devaraj, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India

Madan S Khadayat, Freelance Researcher, Kathmandu, Nepal

Madhavan Manjula, School of Development, Azim Premji University, India

Mani Nepal, South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal

Maya Sosland, Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College, USA

Md Rumi Shammin, Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA

Muntaha Rakib, Department of Economics, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh

Nabila Hye, Asian Center for Development, Bangladesh

Ngawang Dendup, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

P. Indira Devi, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala, India

P.S.M. Kalani J. Samarakoon, Department of Export Agriculture, Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka

Pranab Mukhopadhyay, Goa Business School, Goa University, India

Priyanga M. Dunusinghe, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

R. Balasubramanian, Department of Agricultural Economics, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India

R. Rengalakshmi, JRD Tata Ecotechnology Centre, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation Chennai, India

R.P. Dayani Gunathilaka, Department of Export Agriculture, Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka

Rahul Chaturvedi, Foundation for Ecological Security, Anand, India

Rajesh Kumar Rai, Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Raksha Balakrishna, Foundation for Ecological Security, Anand, India

Raquibul Amin, Country Representative, Bangladesh Country Office, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Rashadul Hasan, Programme Coordinator, Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Rathnayake M. Abeyrathne, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Remeen Firoz, Freelance Environmental Consultant, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Rishi Ram Kattel, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management, Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan, Nepal

Rucha Ghate, Foundation for Ecological Security, Anand, India

Sakib Mahmud, School of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin-Superior, USA

Santadas Ghosh, Department of Economics & Politics, Visva-Bharati University, West Bengal, India

Saudamini Das, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India

Shamen P. Vidanage, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Sreejit Roy, Department of Economics & Politics, Visva-Bharati University, West Bengal, India.

Tshotsho, College of Natural Resources Royal University of Bhutan, Lobesa, Bhutan

Unmesh Patnaik, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

Upasna Sharma, School of Public Policy, IIT Delhi, New Delhi, India

V. Saravanakumar, Department of Agricultural Economics, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India

Zakir Hossain Khan, Climate Finance Governance, Transparency International Bangladesh


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