Synopsis: In low lying Bangladesh, some of the world’s most vulnerable peoples are innovatively adapting to changing climate. Meet Mohammed Ilias, a fisherman on the Meghna River, and learn how he is coping with rougher storms due to climate change.

On our warming planet, Bangladesh is considered to be one of the 12 highest climate-risk countries in the world. It regularly faces all of the five main identified threats that arise from climate change: droughts, floods, storms, rising sea levels, and greater uncertainty in agriculture. In particular, Bangladesh tops the list in flood disasters because it is situated in the low-lying Ganges–Brahmaputra River Delta that is formed by the confluence of three rivers and their respective tributaries, which include run-offs from the melting Himalayan glaciers. However, the Bangladeshis are not resigned to climate change doom, but instead have become active leaders in adaptation.
In this video,learn how local fishermen are adapting to increasingly turbulent storms.
Mohammed Illias has fished the waters of Magna River since he was 12. To better support his family, he saved money to purchase his own boat. However, in 2008, he and 10 other fishermen were caught in a terrible storm. The boat was badly damaged and began to sink. Luckily, all of the fisherman on-board survived.
With the help of local and international NGOs, Mohammed was able to restore his boat. By reinforcing the foundation with steel bars, his boat was made stronger. He feels confident that his boat will now be able to withstand the rough waves. As an added result, the boat now allows him travel further out into the sea and increase his catch.

Featuring Mohammed Illias, Lutfun Nahar Azad
Producer/Director/Editor: Megumi Nishikura and Luis Patron
Camera: Luis Patron
Scientific Adviser: Chun Knee Tan
Stock footage provided by IUCN Bangladesh
Color and Graphics: David Jimenez
Sound Mixer: Salmix

Shot on location in Noakhali, Bangladesh
Duration 5:05 minutes

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*About the filmmakers*
Luis Patron- Producer/Director/Camera/Editor
Luis Patron works as an independent documentary filmmaker, producer, HD cinematographer and editor. He teams up with talented local professionals in Japan and around the world to craft factual films for cinema and television.

Megumi Nishikura- Producer/Director/Editor
Megumi Nishikura's life purpose is to use the power of media to enlighten and inspire individuals to make choices that build a more positive sustainable world. She has been producing documentary films addressing global issues since 2003.
She has a BFA in Film and Television Production from New York University's Tish School of Arts (Sydney) and a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies through the Rotary World Peace Fellowship. Within UNU, her unit “Media Studio” (MS) has grounded expertise in online learning, interactive media and video production and in linking development issues with visual media and online content on social and environmental issues.

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