The coastal areas of Bangladesh are vulnerable to natural disasters, especially from cyclones and tidal surges. Since 1958 most of the coast has been protected by the construction of embankments and sluice gates. No impact study was conducted before doing this construction. Today, however, ecological, social, economic, and cultural impacts can be observed. This paper examines the prospects of introducing tidal energy projects into an already damaged environment. It assesses the potential to help improve the sustainability of the coastal areas through integration of resources into environmental rehabilitation, economic improvement, electricity generation, diversification of production, and other social gains to communities.
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