The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

How to get freshwater in coastal areas? Tackling salinity and climate change in Bangladesh and The Netherlands

Due to sea-level rise and reduced upstream flow, saltwater intrusion into freshwater sources has expanded rapidly in southwest Bangladesh. Due to climate change and increased use of water upstream, the intrusion is only going to increase. This has grave implications on drinking water quality. Salinization of freshwater sources means that salt intake of communities in coastal Bangladesh is very high. This is turning into a serious public health issue with an increasing number of people (especially pregnant women) at risk from high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke. During this free webinar, speakers will discuss the effects of climate change in these regions while outlining beneficial adaptation options going forward.