In the densely populated Sundarbans region of South Asia, residents grapple with the harsh realities of climate change on a daily basis. Despite the looming threats of submergence, tidal surges, and frequent severe storms, some people are more vulnerable than others.
This research project examines the equity of climate adaptation policies and programs in addressing the food and water security needs of individuals, especially women and vulnerable groups. It specifically examines how climate change impacts individuals' food and water security, considering factors like gender, age, disability, and minority group status.
The study is centred in Ghoramara Island, an area with limited existing research on the perspectives of its climate-affected communities. The project aims to amplify the voices of those directly affected by climate change, providing them with an opportunity to shape the design of climate adaptation strategies.
This collaborative research initiative involves the Australian National University, the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, and Rabindra Bharati University. Supported by the Australia-India 'Unnati' Research Collaboration Grants, the project highlights the commitment of both nations to addressing the pressing challenges posed by climate change.