Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 13, ISSUE 76, January-February 2013

Agility in Response to Extreme Weather Events

Climate change impacts could be reversed over a reasonable period of time provided the people have access to facilities and services that enhance their various capitals enabling them to make a better living in places that are less prone to extreme weather events. Over time, this would lead to managed and organic retreat but this will call into question existing notions of property ownership and change in land use. On Sagar Island, about ten years ago, a fellow researcher and I were taken by surprise - caught in a storm. That afternoon, we ran for shelter like never before - as uprooted bush and shrub flew by us. While trying to think of a suitable title for this article, this incident came to mind - although agility by no means depicts the nimbleness to outrun a storm but of the mind - to deal with situations arising out of repeated high-intensity weather events that seem to be losing the ‘extreme’ tag - statistically speaking, for extreme also denotes extending far beyond the normal range of events experienced in the past. Having lived and worked in a region that witnesses such events rather frequently, I feel I can articulate the need of such regions, its people and ecosystems. Thus, I will speak for the Sundarban, specifically the Indian Sundarban although the situation in Bangladesh Sundarban is...

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