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Science  30 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5953, pp. 662-663
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_662

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Bangladesh, a country that gets hammered regularly by floods, cyclones, and droughts, is striving to become a global showcase for climate change adaptation. Earlier this month, its government approved a wide-ranging strategy for dealing with climate change that includes ramping up civil engineering projects to control flooding and protect farmland from rising sea levels. Researchers here are also testing crops that better tolerate floods and drought. Realizing that time-honored approaches to living off the land no longer suffice, Bangladesh has implemented more community-level projects than any other country to gird people for climate shifts.