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Bangladesh

Bangladesh is the largest delta in the world with a population of 160 million in an area of almost 150,000 square kilometers, and almost a third of the country less than five meters above sea level. Bangladesh is dealing with floods, cyclones, droughts and poor water quality, combined with climate change, population growth and developments in up-river countries. By 2050 an additional fourteen percent of the country will be extremely vulnerable to floods and more than 35 million people will be dislocated in coastal districts.

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Bangladesh is the largest delta in the world with a population of 160 million in an area of almost 150,000 square kilometers, and almost a third of the country less than five meters above sea level.

Bangladesh is dealing with floods, cyclones, droughts and poor water quality, combined with climate change, population growth and developments in up-river countries. By 2050 an additional fourteen percent of the country will be extremely vulnerable to floods and more than 35 million people will be dislocated in coastal districts.

Bangladesh’s economic growth has exceeded six percent over the last five years and the country aims to become a higher middle-income country by 2041. So there is a need to improve living conditions through better water management.

In response to the above challenges, the Government of Bangladesh, in cooperation with the Government of The Netherlands and more recently also the World Bank, is currently in the process of formulating a Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP) 2100. More information about the Bangladesh Delta Plan is available at http://www.bangladeshdeltaplan2100.org