Recipe of a Disaster: Peripheral Lives in the Epicentre of Changing Climate

  • Aditya Ghosh
Part of the Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research book series (AAHER)


The Indian Sundarbans is one of the most backward regions in South Asia despite being a critical global commons because of its unique biodiversity including the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. Characterised by subsistence economy, the region records very high level of poverty. Local livelihoods largely depend on natural resources which are either dwindling fast (fish) or becoming unproductive (increasing salination making agriculture increasingly difficult). While there is a clear aspirational shift towards more formal livelihoods such as white-collar professions, the daily unproductive livelihood negotiations are becoming serious threats to long-term sustenance and sustainability of the socioecological system. The built capital or the infrastructure is poorly developed which make it difficult for the locals to realise the true productive capacity of the region. This also fails to bolster human capital that can enable informed choices about the household-level aspirational trajectories. Rapid environmental shifts because of global warming interact with these developmental and governance deficits to co-produce hazards daily for the residents.


Livelihood stress Human capitals Agriculture Fishing Honey collection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aditya Ghosh
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  1. 1.Institute of Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability ResearchLeuphana University of LüneburgLüneburg, Lower SaxonyGermany

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