Community-led journalism project on adaptations to climate change in Bangladesh
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.
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.
The project was funded by the European Journalism Centre’s Innovation in Development Reporting Award.