Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts- Coastal Southeast Asia

Background and goals

It is likely that climate change will impinge on sustainable development for most developing countries of Asia as it compounds the pressures on natural resources and the environment, which in turn have profound effects on the health, safety and livelihoods of people- especially poor people and women. Coastal communities in particular, can be especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to the inherent dependence of large numbers of people on natural resources and climate sensitive industries, such as fisheries, agriculture, aquaculture and tourism.

This project 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 Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), through sound governance and planning. It will be implemented in the coastal zones of Thailand (Trat and Chantaburi provinces), Cambodia (Koh Kong and Kampot) and Vietnam (Can Gio, Ben Sre, Soc Trang and Kien Giang).

Working together with the scientific community, local government and communities, the project will develop and apply methodological and analytical frameworks for climate change and disaster risk vulnerability assessment in the target regions. Downscaling of climate model data to support this process is being carried out by System for Analysis, Research and Training (START). Enhanced capacities to understand climate change issues and to plan and integrate climate change adaptation and DRR measures will be gained from the vulnerability assessments, and as such the project will help support development strategies in particular economic sectors (fisheries, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism) particularly at local/decentralised levels. The project will also produce a scientific and institutional basis to develop climate change adaptation strategies (including complementary mitigation where appropriate) for the coastal zones of the three countries and foster regional and trans-boundary cooperation.

It will contribute to the sustainability of livelihoods in the regions thereby supporting poverty alleviation measures. At the regional level the project will contribute to emerging platforms for knowledge generation, information sharing and exchange on successful climate change adaptation practices in the coastal zone.


Thailand: Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF)

Vietnam: Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands (VASI); GIZ


Cambodia: Ministry of Environment’s General Department for Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection (GDANCP) including Climate Change Department (CCD) and Department of Wetlands and Coastal Resources (DWCR)

Thailand: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources

Vietnam: Institute of Terrestrial Biodiversity (ITB), Can Tho University;   Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change (DMHC) 


48 months


The main donor to the project is the European Union, which has provided a grant of €2,450,000 (or about 80% of the total budget) from its Environment Thematic Programme. IUCN co-financing is largely from Mangroves for the Future (MFF), Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) and a number of other smaller sources.