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>BANGLADESH is on top of the global climate risk index as the country was most affected by extreme weather events cyclone Sidr and floods in 2007, Pinaki Roy reports in The Daily Star.
International NGO Germanwatch has prepared the index of 170 countries styled Global Climate Risk Index 2009 and released it yesterday at the conference centre of UN climate change summit in Poznan, Poland.
Bangladesh is on top with climate risk index (CRI) score 3.00, while North Korea got the second position with 10.33 and Nicaragua third with 12.25.
Bangladesh tops the position with a death toll of 4,729 last year due to natural calamities with an additional absolute loss of property worth more than $10 billion.
Pakistan is another country from South Asia that is also among the top 10 countries with the fifth score of 13.17.
Speaking at the index release presentation, Sven Harmeling, senior adviser for climate and development of Germanwatch and author of the report, said: “Bangladesh, despite last year’s impacts, is also one of the outstanding examples of countries, which have invested significantly and effectively in developing disaster reduction and adaptation strategies.”
Harmeling also praised the adaptation strategy of Bangladesh and told The Daily Star the recent ‘Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan’ of Bangladesh can serve as a model for many other countries and deserves support of international community.

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