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Assessing resilience of agricultural system of Dhaka, Bangladesh
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Environmental Strategies Research (fms).
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Due to rapid urbanization agricultural lands in metropolitan areas are shrinking.  As a result our cities are getting more dependent on distant places for food, which is making the food system vulnerable. In the context of rapid urbanization and climate change a resilient agricultural system of Dhaka could be one of the key to ensure a sustainable future. To investigatethe impact of urbanization and climate change on the resilience of the agricultural system of Dhaka a resilience assessment of agricultural system of Dhaka has been done. The study followed the resilience assessment wordbook for practitioner as method of assessment. As methods to collect and analyze data field studies, interview, GIS analysis, policy analysis were conducted. This study shows that, urbanization is directly responsible for changes in both quality and quantity of the agricultural land of Dhaka whereas climate change does not affect directly. Even with this rapid urbanization there is still scope to take measures to make agricultural system resilient by preserving land within Dhaka metropolitan area. Therefore two Strategies have been proposed. First one is; increasing local food production without administrative reformation and the second; reducing the future demand by administrative and economic decentralization of Dhaka. Both of the strategies will require strong political will along with recognition of importance of agricultural land within the city boundary. 

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2016. , 77 p.
Keyword [en]
urbanization; resilience; agricultural land; sustainability; Dhaka; Bangladesh
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Environmental Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-189248OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-189248DiVA: diva2:944770
Educational program
Degree of Master - Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
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2016-05-24, 15:00 (English)
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Available from: 2016-08-17 Created: 2016-06-30 Last updated: 2016-08-17Bibliographically approved

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