Elements of fishing community resilience to climate change in the coastal zone of Bangladesh

S.M. Sharifuzzaman*, M.S. Hossain, Sayedur Rahman Chowdhury, Subrata Sarker, M.S.N. Chowdhury, M.Z.R. Chowdhury

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Resilience has been conceptualized in various ways by anthropologists, ecologists, systems scientists and engineers; the boundaries of resilience are subjective and context dependent. Consequently, choosing the standards and metrics for assessing resilience remains key challenges for policy makers. In this study, using multicriteria evaluation of 40 basic criteria of human, physical, financial, natural and social assets, we have identified several elements, such as experienced fishermen, natural abundance of hilsa (Tenualosa ilisha), ability to assert decision on fish selling, nets and boats ownership, social harmony and capacity of buying food as essential livelihood assets for the fishermen at Hatiya Island, Bangladesh. These assets may enhance the relative resilience of the fishing community of the island to climate change by as much as 20–40%. The results of this study will improve our understanding of the elements that lead to resilience at the community level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1167–1176
JournalJournal of Coastal Conservation
Issue number6
Early online date28 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • Analytic hierarchy process (AHP)
  • Fishing community
  • Hatiya Island
  • Livelihood assets
  • Resilience


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