Living in a Climate Change Issue2

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This quarterly update, jointly issued by IUCN and CARE International, informs you about the latest news on climate change adaptation in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. IUCN and CARE International conduct projects titled “Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts ―Coastal Southeast Asia” (BCR) and “Building Costal Resilience to Reduce Climate Change Impact in Thailand and Indonesia" (BCR-CC) funded by the European Union.

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Massive green mussel die-offs in Koh Kang

The widespread mortality of green mussels in Koh Kang area worries farmers as they observe the changes in seasons. Find out how local fishermen have developed innovative ways to cope with climate variability. 
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Ven Sorn is harvesting green mussels in koh Kang area

Cambodian journalists learn to report on climate change

More than 30 Cambodian journalists participated in a training on climate change during 3-5 October 2011 in Phnom Penh and visited IUCN's project sites in Koh Kong Province on 6-7 October. The training, and field visit funded by UNESCO and the EU, and facilitated by the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) and IUCN, aimed to raise awareness and interest of journalists on climate change in their professional work. 
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Actual experience with community member


Climate change consequences on local level: A field assessment by CARE International Indonesia

One of the challenges working at the local level on climate change adaptation is the lack of scaled-down information on impacts. The "Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis" (CVCA) is a method, developed by CARE'S Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN), to assess the vulnerability to climate change and the capacity to adapt to climate change at the community level by using a participatory approach.

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Men from Luwu district discussing impact of climate change in a focus group discussion


Finding solutions for drinking water in Bang Chan sub-district

Communities in Bang Chan found a suitable plan to solve a drinking water problem after they have been struggling to get fresh water for several years. This is part of the climate change adaptation of local communities as a result of Promoting Local Innovations Workshop in Chanthaburi Province, Thailand on 21-23 October 2011.

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>Watch a video on promoting local innovations (PLI) training

Head of Village number 2 tested water during a field trip

An inspirational environmental activist talks about challenges in his community  “More work needs to be done…”

Tong Tom Yai is a coastal fishing village, adjacent to an area of lush mangroves that possesses a charming ecosystem. The majority of villagers earn a living from fishing and trading their seasonal catches, which include crabs, various forms of fish, squid and shrimp. The biggest problem the community face is a decline in the local marine life, which endangers the base of livelihood villagers rely on.

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Tong Tom Yai community

Raks Thai initiated CVCA training for facilitators in project area

During the first project year Raks Thai identified and trained partners for the implementation of the Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) and collected climate change relevant information on national, provincial and community level. A total of 31 villages - 8 villages in Chumphon, 7 villages in Nakhon Si Thammarat, 8 villages in Krabi and 8 villages in Trang - were selected as target villages for the project implementation.

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Director of Meteorological Provincial Office, Trang procvince, Mr. Wuttichai Sakaosuwanna


New project to improve water use in the Mekong Delta

On September 29, 2011, Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) Field Coordinator Tang Phuong Gian attended the inception workshop in Soc Trang organized by Wageningen University (WU) and Can Tho University for Production Ability for Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Area of Mekong River, a project to explore ways to optimize the use of salt, brackish, and freshwater in the Mekong Delta. The project builds on a study called Water for Food and Ecosystems (WFE) that was funded by LNV, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality and coordinated by IUCN with technical support provided by WU’s Dr. Gerardo van Halsema, who organized this workshop.

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Children living in Lang Sen Wetland Nature Reserve

An uncertain future for the poor in the face of a fast changing environment in Kien Giang Province

Located on Kien Giang’s 200-km-long coastline, Binh Son Commune is one of the most eroded stretches of coast where, according to the local government and community leaders, the mangroves have receded year after year under the combined effects of sea level rise, storms, and other extreme events. The livelihoods of disadvantaged people in this area, particularly in Vam Ray Hamlet, have been dramatically affected.

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Sugar cane farm of Mr. Luong

Protecting mangroves: what does it cost?

A 2010 report by Forest Trends entitled Roots in the Water: Legal Frameworks for Mangrove PES in Vietnam identified high opportunity cost as a major barrier to mangrove conservation and the development of payments for ecosystems services (PES) systems. In Vietnam, the high opportunity costs arise from the high returns that can be earned from clearing mangroves particularly for shrimp ponds. 

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Mangroves in Can Gio Biosphere Reserve, Vietnam

Why healthy ecosystems matter: the case of mangroves in the Mekong delta

If protected, nature has an amazing ability to recover after disturbance. But the ability to recover depends on the health and resilience of the ecosystem. Mangroves in the Mekong Delta illustrate this principle. 

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The Head of Vam Ray Hamlet, Kien Giang Province, at the location of the eroded sea dyke.

Interview with Robert Mather

Dr. Robert Mather, Head of Southeast Asia Group and also Project Manager of IUCN's Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts-Coastal Southeast Asia (BCR), talked about how the BCR project works with communities on climate change adaptation.

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Robert Mather

Working together on building a society that is more resilient towards climate change impacts- experiences from Southern Sulawesi

An interview with Abdul Rahman Ramlan, District Facilitator of Bone, Indonesia

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Abdul Rahman Ramlan, District Facilitator of Bone, Indonesia

Vulnerability Assessments in the context of the Building Coastal Resilience Project: A Review of Suitability

 This desk review considers a number of existing approaches and methods and provides clear recommendations for the BCR project to move forward. As such it provides an important contribution to identifying and selecting and selecting appropriate approaches and methods that will be used in implementation of the vulnerability assessments in each province by the BCR project.

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                                                Vulnerability Assessments in the context of the Building Coastal Resilience Project: A Review of Suitability

Limits to Adaptation: A review of limitations as relevant to the BCR project

This desk review identifies and explores a range of limits or constraints to effective adaptation and provides clear recommendations for priority actions. As such it provides an important contribution to developing the overall approach to identifying the most effective interventions the project should support.

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Limits to Adaptation

A Rapid Vulnerability Assessment of Coastal Habitats and Selected Species to Climate Risks

This assessment addresses a need to understand the context and situation of ecosystems, habitats and species in the project area; a need to understand what is likely to happen to these ecosystems as a result of both climate and non-climate pressures; and finally a need to understand what can be done to maintain and enhance the resilience of habitats and species, and to ensure that ecosystems continue to provide the services on which local communities depend, and provides clear recommendations for priority actions.

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A Rapid Vulnerability Assessment of Coastal Habitats and Selected Species to Climate Risks

CVCA Handbook (Thai version)

 CARE's approach to climate change adaptation is grounded in the knowledge that people must be empowered to transform and secure their rights and livelihoods The CVCA methodology helps to understand the implications of climate change for the lives and livelihoods of people. By combining local knowledge with scientific data, the process builds people's understanding about climate risks and adaptation strategies. It provides a framework for dialogue within communities, as well as between communities and other stakeholders. The results provide a solid foundation for the identification of practical strategies to facilitate community-based adaptation to climate change.

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CVCA Handbook (Thai version)

Newsletter Live For Life Vol8 October - December 2011

A quarterly newsletter publicized for stakeholders and community members of Raks Thai’s environmental projects. The content of the newsletter includes interviews with local resource persons and community member which are involved in climate change related work, general knowledge and information about climate change, update of Raks Thai’s project and upcoming events.

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Newsletter Live For Life Vol8 October - December 2011



Implementing partners

> GIZ 
> Sustainable Development Foundation 

BCR Implementing partners

Regional Coastal Forum

Date: 29 February - 2 March 2012 (Postponed from 7-9 December 2011)
Location: Chanthaburi, Thailand
Organizer: IUCN 


The Second Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

Date: 12-13 March 2012
Location:  United Nations Convention Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand
Organizers: Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia (AKP) and Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN)


Project Advisory Working Group at National Level

Date: January 19, 2012 
Location: Bangkok Thailand
Organizer: Raks Thai Foundation member of CARE International


CVCA Assessment at Community Level

Date: January 9, 2012 – February 10, 2012 
Location: Krabi, Chumporn, Trang and Nakorn Si Thammarat province in Thailand
Organizer:Raks Thai Foundation member of CARE International


Community based adaptation to climate change conference

Date: 16 - 22 April 2012
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam






IUCN's project on Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts―Coastal Southeast Asia and CARE International's project on Building Costal Resilience to Reduce Climate Change Impact in Thailand and Indonesia are funded by European Union. The contents of this newsletter are the sole responsibility of IUCN and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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