Transformations in and beyond Covid-19 in India and Bangladesh

16 July 2020

About this event

The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted almost all aspects of life in India and Bangladesh. Apart from the immediate impacts on victims of the virus, the lockdowns imposed by governments have affected the mobility, income, food security, and livelihoods of millions.

For people in so-called ‘marginal’ environments, in coastal and dryland areas, Covid-19 adds to a set of existing uncertainties and challenges. Recent weather events such as Cyclone Amphan have compounded the problems faced in some regions. But people in these areas are not passive recipients of unpredictable change. They are responding through alliances, often driven from the grassroots but sometimes in collaboration with other people and agencies.

This webinar explores the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for bottom-up transformations to sustainability.


  • D.Parthasarathy, IIT Bombay / TAPESTRY project
  • Seema Kulkarni, Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM) / Transformations to Groundwater Sustainability project
  • Amitava Roy, Lokamata Rani Rashmoni Mission, Sundarbans
  • Saleemul Huq, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Bangladesh
  • Sandeep Virmani, Hunnarshala Foundation
  • Shilpi Srivastava, IDS/TAPESTRY
  • Discussant: Mihir Bhatt, All-India Disaster Mitigation Institute / TAPESTRY
  • Chair: Lyla Mehta, Institute of Development Studies / Norwegian University of Life Sciences / TAPESTRY

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