This talk gives an example of how climate change and development have gendered effects, from Lonanodi village, a saline village in Bangladesh’s coastal zone. It highlights the history of how Lonanodi came to be a barren, saline desert through the capitalist relations developed under the 1980s ‘Blue Revolution’, where customary rights to wild fisheries were replaced by privatised wetlands for export-oriented profits. I then explore the gendered impact of tiger prawn cultivation on the labour market and how it is a significant contributor to outmigration. Thereafter I problematise the view of climate change as the sole, or inevitable, cause of salinity in the coastal zone. I conclude that salinity is as much man-made as it is seasonal, and that the highly unequal land use practice of brackish aquaculture has an extremely negative impact on local livelihoods, particularly for women.

Camelia Dewan
Geography, Environment and Development Studies (Birkbeck); Social Anthropology (SOAS)
University of London

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