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Ecosystem Services for Well-Being in Deltas

Integrated Assessment for Policy Analysis

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Analyses the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta in Bangladesh to explore the future of ecosystem services and associated human livelihoods

  • Provides a conceptual framework to identify mechanisms linking physical processes (including climate change) with ecosystem services and social outcomes

  • Presents a comprehensive overview of an Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) funded interdisciplinary project

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Table of contents (30 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-l
  2. Research Highlights and Framework

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Ecosystem Services, Well-Being and Deltas: Current Knowledge and Understanding

      • W. Neil Adger, Helen Adams, Susan Kay, Robert J. Nicholls, Craig W. Hutton, Susan E. Hanson et al.
      Pages 3-27Open Access
    3. Ecosystem Services Linked to Livelihoods and Well-Being in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta

      • Helen Adams, W. Neil Adger, Robert J. Nicholls
      Pages 29-47Open Access
    4. An Integrated Approach Providing Scientific and Policy-Relevant Insights for South-West Bangladesh

      • Robert J. Nicholls, Craig W. Hutton, Attila N. Lázár, W. Neil Adger, Andrew Allan, Paul G. Whitehead et al.
      Pages 49-69Open Access
    5. Integrative Analysis for the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta, Bangladesh

      • Robert J. Nicholls, Craig W. Hutton, W. Neil Adger, Susan E. Hanson, Md. Munsur Rahman, Mashfiqus Salehin
      Pages 71-90Open Access
  3. Present Status of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 91-91
    2. Recent Trends in Ecosystem Services in Coastal Bangladesh

      • John A. Dearing, Md. Sarwar Hossain
      Pages 93-114Open Access
    3. Governance of Ecosystem Services Across Scales in Bangladesh

      • Andrew Allan, Michelle Lim
      Pages 115-130Open Access
    4. Health, Livelihood and Well-Being in the Coastal Delta of Bangladesh

      • Mohammed Mofizur Rahman, Sate Ahmad
      Pages 131-145Open Access
    5. Floods and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta

      • Anisul Haque, Robert J. Nicholls
      Pages 147-159Open Access
  4. Scenarios for Policy Analysis

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 161-161
    2. Integrating Science and Policy Through Stakeholder-Engaged Scenarios

      • Emily J. Barbour, Andrew Allan, Mashfiqus Salehin, John Caesar, Robert J. Nicholls, Craig W. Hutton
      Pages 163-178Open Access
    3. Incorporating Stakeholder Perspectives in Scenario Development

      • Andrew Allan, Michelle Lim, Emily J. Barbour
      Pages 179-205Open Access
    4. Regional Climate Change over South Asia

      • John Caesar, Tamara Janes
      Pages 207-221Open Access
    5. Future Scenarios of Economic Development

      • Alistair Hunt
      Pages 223-246Open Access
  5. Observations and Potential Trends

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 247-247
    2. Marine Dynamics and Productivity in the Bay of Bengal

      • Susan Kay, John Caesar, Tamara Janes
      Pages 263-275Open Access
    3. A Sustainable Future Supply of Fluvial Sediment for the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta

      • Stephen E. Darby, Robert J. Nicholls, Md. Munsur Rahman, Sally Brown, Rezaul Karim
      Pages 277-291Open Access

About this book

This book answers key questions about environment, people and their shared future in deltas. It develops a systematic and holistic approach for policy-orientated analysis for the future of these regions. It does so by focusing on ecosystem services in the world’s largest, most populous and most iconic delta region, that of the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta in Bangladesh. The book covers the conceptual basis, research approaches and challenges, while also providing a methodology for integration across multiple disciplines, offering a potential prototype for assessments of deltas worldwide.

Ecosystem Services for Well-Being in Deltas analyses changing ecosystem services in deltas; the health and well-being of people reliant on them; the continued central role of agriculture and fishing; and the implications of aquaculture in such environments.The analysis is brought together in an integrated and accessible way to examine the future of the Ganges Brahmaputra delta based on a near decade of research by a team of the world’s leading scientists on deltas and their human and environmental dimensions.

This book is essential reading for students and academics within the fields of Environmental Geography, Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy focused on solving the world’s most critical challenges of balancing humans with their environments.

This book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 

Keywords

  • Ecosystem services
  • sustainable development
  • environmental management
  • natural resource management
  • coastal management
  • Bangladesh and sea-level rise research
  • Governance of ecosystem services
  • Regional Climate Change in South Asia
  • Open Access
  • Environmental Geography
  • natural resources and energy economics

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Engineering and the Environment and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

    Robert J. Nicholls, Susan E. Hanson

  • Geodata Institute Geography and Environment, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

    Craig W. Hutton

  • Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom

    W. Neil Adger

  • Institute of Water and Flood Management, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Md. Munsur Rahman, Mashfiqus Salehin

About the editors

Robert J. Nicholls is Professor of Coastal Engineering within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, UK

Craig W. Hutton is Principal Research Fellow within Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton, UK

W. Neil Adger is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter, UK

Susan E. Hanson is Research Fellow within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, UK

Munsur Rahman is a Professor in the Institute of Water and Flood Management, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Mashfiqus Salehin is a Professor in the Institute of Water and Flood Management, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 31.00
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Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)