1st Edition

The Environmental Sustainable Development Goals in Bangladesh

    190 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the key Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) relating to environmental sustainability and provides a cutting-edge assessment of current progress with the view of achieving these goals by 2030.

    Within South Asia, the book pays particular attention to Bangladesh, as a country representative of emerging economies which are struggling to meet their goals. Drawing on the three pillars of sustainability, the volume addresses the following goals: Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water and Life on Land (Goals 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 and 15). The book examines where progress has been made and why some key targets have not been achieved or will be difficult to achieve. The chapters focus on environmental sustainability in different sectors such as agriculture, renewable energy, fisheries and aquaculture and natural resource management.

    The aim of this volume is to highlight key lessons and recommendations on how research in the various sectors can feed into the pathway of meeting the SDGs highlighted in this book. The analysis derived from Bangladesh can be used as a reference point for other developing nations in Asia, and globally, with a view to guiding policy for the achievement of the SGDs.

    This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of sustainable development and climate change, as well as practitioners and policymakers involved in sustainable development and disaster management.


    Joy Bhowmik, Shantanu Kumar Saha, and Carolyn Roberts

    Part 1: Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

    Chapter 1 | Drinking Water Supply Through Reverse Osmosis Technology: A Solution for Water Shortages in Coastal Rural Areas of Bangladesh

    Md. Shamsuzzoha, Md. Rasheduzzaman, and Rajan Chandra Ghosh

    Part 2: Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

    Chapter 2 | Application of Sustainable Energy Paradigm Through Solar Bottle Light: A Case Study from Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Md Jakariya, Sajid Iqbal, Navojit Dastidar, and Mohammad Sujauddin

    Part 3: Sustainable Development Goal 12: Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production

    Chapter 3 | Feasibility of Solar-Biomass Hybrid Cold Storage for Unelectrified Rural Areas of Bangladesh

    Priyanka Chowdhury, Andrew Jenkins, and Zainu Sadia Islam

    Part 4: Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action

    Chapter 4 | Discerning the Mayhem: Negotiating Climate Change and Sustainable Development

    Sharmi Palit

    Chapter 5| Assessment of the Climate Change Induced Vulnerabilities of Coastal Regions and Adaptation Practices of Arable Agriculture in Bangladesh

    Sabrina Zaman, Mohammad Sujauddin, and Nazmul Ahsan Khan

    Chapter 6 | Exploring Local Drought and Adaptation Measures in the Northwest Region of Bangladesh

    Md. Shafiqul Islam, and Carolyn Roberts

    Chapter 7 | Household Level Coping Strategies for Flood Disaster: A Study on the Padma River Islands of Bangladesh

    Rumana Sultana, Md Shafiul Alam, and Samiya Ahmed Selim

    Part 5: Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life below Water, and Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land

    Chapter 8 | Meanings, Opportunities and Challenges of Cultural Ecosystem Services-Based Coastal Management in the Sundarbans Mangroves, Bangladesh: Management priorities for achieving SDGs 14 and 15

    Shamik Chakravarty, Shantanu Kumar Saha, and Samiya Ahmed Selim

    Chapter 9 | Assessment of Ecosystem Service Value in Southwest Coastal Bangladesh

    Md. Wahidur Rahman Khan, Md. Ali Akber, Md. Atikul Islam, Md. Munsur Rahman, and Mohammad Rezaur Rahman

    Chapter 10 | Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure for the Sustainable Management of Mangroves in Bangladesh: Opportunities and Challenges

    Kazi Humayun Kabir, Sharmin Aftab, and Shantanu Kumar Saha


    Samiya Ahmed Selim is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD), University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh .

    Shantanu Kumar Saha is Assistant Professor at the Center for Sustainable Development, University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh.

    Rumana Sultana is Assistant Professor at the Center for Sustainable Development, University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh.

    Carolyn Roberts is the Frank Jackson Professor of the Environment at Gresham College, UK, as well as a Senior Scientist at the UK Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Keele University, UK.

    "Coastal Asia, including Bangladesh and Indonesia, is one of the most vulnerable regions facing the impacts of climate change. A number of chapters in this book focus on the problems and solutions in this region, providing valuable, well-researched insights on natural resource governance and management that will support achieving the targets for SDG 14 and SDG 15." -- Marion Glaser, Work Group Leader, Social-Ecological Systems Analysis Group, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Germany

    "...very relevant and timely publication on action based research that will help fill the gaps in gathering evidence to measure Bangladesh’s progress for fulfilling the sustainable development goals. Rich in case studies from different parts of Bangladesh, this book is relevant for students, academics and practitioners who are learning about, as well as working on, the targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030." -- Saleemul Huq, Bangladesh Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Senior Fellow, Climate Change, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Bangladesh

    "The issue of environmental sustainability is very important for Bangladesh since we are on the path to be recognized as a developing country. I believe the research findings of this book will be of great use to the scientific community, academics, professionals, practitioners, local government bodies and particularly to policy-makers to formulate long-term policies and strategies in addressing environmental sustainability in Bangladesh." -- Abdullah Al Islam Jakob, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Forests (Moef), Government of The People’s Republic of Bangladesh

    "Having the experience to educate students and young researchers from Bangladesh, I came to deeply know about the serious environmental issues affecting the country. The initiatives and ideas exposed in the present book are of crucial importance to inspire governmental authorities, policymakers and citizens of Bangladesh to be included in Sustainable Development Goals." -- Beatriz E. Casareto, Professor, Research Institute of Green Science and Technology and Graduate School of Science and Technology, Shizuoka University, Japan

    "Addressing the concerns of environmental sustainability remains one of the major delivery challenges of the 2030 Agenda. The scholarly contributions contained in the volume, with impressive conceptual clarity and analytical depth, expose these challenges in the context of a dynamic developing country. These contributions will definitely enlighten efforts to embed dimensions of environmental sustainability in policies relating to inclusive growth and social cohesion." -- Debapriya Bhattacharya, Chair, Southern Voice Network of Think Tanks and Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh