Climate Change Impacts on Gender Relations in Bangladesh

Socio-environmental Struggle of the Shora Forest Community in the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest

  • Sajal Roy

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environment, Security, Development and Peace book series (BRIEFSSECUR, volume 29)

About this book


This book explores gendered perceptions of the Sundarbans Forest in Bangladesh, and the extent to which these perceptions are affected by extreme weather events (specifically, cyclones Aila and Sidr). Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Shora, a rural village in southern Satkhira, Bangladesh, the book explores gendered activities in the forest, especially women’s interaction with the forest resources. The findings present a clear picture of the Shora community’s local knowledge about the Sundarbans Forest, as well as the ecological and economic contributions for the forest people. The book makes a timely contribution to the wider study of gender, post-cyclone recovery, ecology and resilience.


Historical connectedness with Sundarbans Forest Sundarbans Mangrove Forest Shora Forest Community of Bangladesh Cyclones Aila and Sidr Gender Relations Gendered Knowledge in Forest, Ecology and Environment Local ecology Women’s indigenous knowledge Forestry management Ecological security Ecofeminism Ecological degradation Gender and environment Situated knowledge Forest-centered traditional occupation Forest resources Women as 'natural preserver' of the Sundarbans Power relations in rural communities Post-cyclone recovery Disaster management

Authors and affiliations

  • Sajal Roy
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Culture and SocietyWestern Sydney University SydneyAustralia

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