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Ecosystem Services Linked to Livelihoods and Well-Being in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta

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Helen Joyce Adams, W. Neil Adger, Robert J. Nicholls

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEcosystem Services for Well-Being in Deltas
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrated Assessment for Policy Analysis
EditorsRobert J Nicholls, Craig W Hutton , W Neil Adger, Susan E Hanson, Md Munsur Rahman, Mashfiqus Salehin
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter2
Pages29-47
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-71093-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-71092-1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2018

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Abstract

Deltas are dynamic and the relationships between ecosystem services, livelihoods and well-being within them are multi-scalar and often non-linear. Social mechanisms of access and management vary between different bundles of ecosystem services: a social-ecological system approach therefore identifies the trade-offs and interactions which occur across diverse temporal and spatial scales and communities. Although Bangladesh is moving towards a more urbanised future, access to ecosystem services continues to be critical to the well-being of populations in rural areas. However, rights to those services are available to a diminishing few. Current winners and losers from development processes are persistent, and ecosystem services are unlikely to lift the rural poor out of poverty without a complete restructuring of social and economic relations in rural areas.

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