Cologne-based PhD researcher Nazmul Huq visited the Governance and Sustainability Lab for its weekly colloquium. In his research, Nazmul aims to explore livelihood strategies in rural Bangladesh in the face of climate change applying the concept of freshwater Ecosystem Services (ESS). As a part of his PhD-project, he observed a massive freshwater system decline over the past decades using remote sensing data of pre and post-monsoon periods. The final discussion critically reflected upon common economic framings of ESS approaches, which tend to be rather insensitive to human-nature relationships on a local scale.
Nazmul is employed at Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at Cologne University of Applied Sciences (TH Köln). Most recently, he (together with A. Bruns, L. Ribbe, and S. Huq) published an article on Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services Based Climate Change Adaptation (doi: 10.3390/su9060926).