Climate change is a global challenge but a lot can be done at the local level to minimize impacts and capture opportunities. IUCN´s Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts―Coastal Southeast Asia Project, funded by European Union, aims to increase adaptive capacity of people and the ecosystems on which they depend to cope with the anticipated impacts of climate change and plan for DRR, through sound governance and planning.
The project is strengthening the ability of local government and local people to plan for, and adapt to, future climate risks in eight coastal provinces between Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok and is working on the ground in Can Gio, Ben Tre, Soc Trang, and Kien Giang in Viet Nam; Kampot and Koh Kong in Cambodia; and Trat and Chanthaburi in Thailand
IUCN and project partners are working together to build capacity in these provinces so that local government agencies and local communities can conduct vulnerability assessments; identify pilot activities to reduce vulnerability; design, implement, monitor the success of these activities; and carry out cost benefit analysis and feasibility assessments for replicating pilot actions over a wider coastal area.
The project is identifying best practices being developed by local people and providing opportunities for communities in different parts of the coastline to learn from each other. Networking, study visits, and an annual forum will be used to share knowledge with the remaining provinces that make up the coastal corridor between Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.
Through communications and advocacy the project will also seek to influence provincial, national and regional development planning and policy processes.
Panelists in the knowledge cafe include key project staff, IUCN members, and project partners from all three countries, including local and national and government officials involved in implementing the project.