National flower of Bangladesh
Based in England
Interests: Photography, Culture & Religion, History, Art, Fashion, Comedy, Poetry, Travel and Peace Activity
1 & 2. Bangladesh, Pabna, 2010. The NGO Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha runs a fleet of over 50 floating schools and libraries, in an effort provide basic education in a severely floodprone area.
3. Bangladesh, Gaibandha District, 2010. A simple adaption in flood-prone areas is building every house on a 2-meter tall mud plinth.
4. Bangladesh, Gaibandha District, 2010. Organized by the NGO Practical Action, villagers pile up the ubiquitous hyacinth weed, to make a floating garden, a freefloating and flood-proof way to grow crops.
5. Bangladesh, Khulna District, 2010. Jahangir Alam harvesting crabs. After the area was flooded by salt water after cyclone Aila, his family started utilizing the saline floodwater to their advantage by turning to crab fattening. (crabs and shrimp thrive in saltier waters, compared to most crops which can’t stand it!)
Home to one of the fastest growing cities (and slums) in the world, Bangladesh is also one of the globe’s biggest victims to the effects of climate change. But whilst the effects and intensity of seasonal flooding increases, people across Bangladesh continue to adapt and take on some creative solutions. Some might not have long-term potential (such as floating schools, which are not practical for larger classes or labs, for example). However, Bendiksen’s project Bangladesh - On the Frontline of Climate Change captured some great images of people just getting on with life, and doing whatever they can in their power to do so. But with 80% of the country practically being a flood plain, the country’s increasing vulnerability needs to be addressed with some serious hard-engineering techniques.