Could Floating Gardens Protect Flood-Prone Communities in Bangladesh?

Could Floating Gardens Protect Flood-Prone Communities in Bangladesh?
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A farmer collects guava from his garden to sell in a local market in Pirojpur, Bangladesh. NurPhoto / NurPhoto via Getty Images In flood-prone regions of Bangladesh, farmers and their families utilize a centuries-old tradition to reduce their vulnerability to climate change . Floating gardens — known as dhap, or locally as baira — have been used in south-central Bangladesh for 300-400 years, BBC reported . Farmers build their own floating gardens out of plants, and like rafts, the gardens fall in and out with the moving water, according to Ohio State News . In a study published recently in the Journal of Agriculture, Food and Environment , researchers interviewed families who use this farming method to determine how the gardens could provide food and income security, despite the impacts of a changing climate, like heavier rainfall and stronger cyclones, Ohio State News reported. "We are focused here on adaptive change for people who are victims of climate change, but who did not cause climate change," Craig Jenkins, a co-author of the study and academy professor emeritus of sociology at The Ohio State University, told Ohio State News. "There’s no ambiguity about it: Bangladesh didn’t cause the carbon problem, […]

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