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Floating Futures

Community-led journalism project on adaptations to climate change in Bangladesh

Project

40% of agricultural land in Bangladesh will be lost due to a 65cm sea level rise by the 2080s. About 20 million people are already affected. In the agricultural delta regions of Bangladesh, farmers are facing incredible challenges with increasing floods and the negative effects of soil salinisation linked to sea level rise. The impact of these combined land and coastal changes on food production are woefully underrepresented in the media. Many people migrate to major towns. Others have developed innovative climate-smart floating farms: a sustainable practice in which crops and vegetables are grown in soil-less floating platforms constructed from aquatic weeds.

Process

We partnered with a Bangladeshi NGO to co-produce an immersive media series told in the words of communities feeling the harshest impacts of climate change. We used 360 videos and pictures, Google Earth historical satellite images, and drone imagery to capture flourishing floating gardens.

Impact

This series celebrates an innovative community solution to the climate crisis. Our BBC video has had almost 3 million views on Facebook and over 600k views on YouTube. 

Partners

The project was published by Deutsche Welle (Germany), Krautreporter (Germany), National Geographic and La Republica (Italy), Forskning & Framsteg (Sweden).

The project was funded by the European Journalism Centre’s Innovation in Development Reporting Award.