Bangladesh is a developing country in south Asia with an area of 147, 570 square kilometres and a population of 123.1 million (2001 census). The physical environment of Bangladesh is diverse. There is a mix of both traditional and modern methods of land-use, all very closely adapted to the heterogeneous conditions. This complexity of environment and land-use patterns has important implications for the vulnerability and depletion of the natural resource base in the country. Floods are common in Bangladesh, where flood plains constitute about four fifths of the landmass. The adverse impacts of floods become particularly extensive and severe when the effect of drainage congestion is combined with several other factors, including excessive rainfall in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin. Being one of the world's most vulnerable countries from the point of view of climate change, the Government and the people of Bangladesh are sensitive to environmental issues.
Enabling/ empowering activities/ capacity building (government)