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Dear readers,

Welcome once again to “Living in a changing climate” - another great issue with stories covering everything from seagrass, dolphins, and coastal erosion to fishers livelihoods and fish-workers rights as well as children, youth and communicating climate change. One aim of both the IUCN and CARE projects funded by the EU is to develop pilot activities and model approaches, and accumulate lessons learned, in an effort to spread effective approaches to other areas up and down the coastlines of Thailand, Cambodia, Viet Nam and Indonesia. One innovative way to do this is by engaging the private sector to support coastal resilience building in the areas where their businesses (and supply chain inputs) are located.

In this context, in this newsletter you can also read about a brand new agreement between IUCN and Marriott International, just launched in Thailand. This collaboration will support resilience-building through the planting and management of mangroves and other coastal habitats by local communities; development of small businesses in local communities to provide gifts and souvenirs for sale in Marriott Hotels; and purchasing of locally produced sustainable seafood for use in Marriott restaurants. Over the coming years we hope to roll this out in other Asian countries for an even greater impact. Another important approach is close collaboration with other regional initiatives such as “Mangroves for the Future (MFF)” , so I am happy to be able to bring you the latest news that in its most recent MFF Regional Steering Committee meeting held in Viet Nam, the Steering Committee unanimously approved the admission of Cambodia as a full member of MFF in Phase III (2014-2018). This will allow lessons learned through BCR implementation (which ends December 2014) to be carried forward through the MFF vehicle for several more years into the future.

Another major way in which we share good practices, experiences and lessons learned, as well as develop common recommendations for policy and planning reforms is through the annual “Coastal Forum”. The time for this year’s Coastal Forum is rapidly approaching, and the excitement is building! With over 160 participants already registered, the Coastal Forum this year will be held during 15-18 October in Soc Trang Province in the Mekong Delta with a stimulating agenda of presentations and workshops and a number of informative field site visits already prepared by our hardworking BCR team in Viet Nam. We look forward to meeting a lot of our readers there – but for those of you who cannot make it, please look out for the next “Living in a changing climate” e-newsletter or check out our website where you will be able to read all about it!

Dr Robert Mather
Head, Southeast Asia Group

Dr Robert Mather, Head of IUCN Southeast Asia Group, and Manager of the Building Coastal Resilience project.

Gearing up for the BCR Coastal Forum 2013

Book your calendar now for the BCR Second Annual Coastal Forum 2013, from 15-18 October at Soc Trang Province, Viet Nam. Up to date, the Coastal Forum this year will welcome around 200 registered participants representing local communities, authorithies, researchers and media from Thailand, Cambodia, Viet Nam and beyond. Speakers are lining up to share their case studies and lessons learned. Five different field trips are arranged. Please get yourself ready to join the ride with us!  

  1. Provisional agenda
  2. Information for international participants
  3. Contact information
The second BCR annual coastal forum 2013

BCR pilot projects rolling out in Vietnam

August marks an important milestone for the BCR project in Vietnam. Having worked with community and government partners to identify priority resilience building pilot projects, the project is now working with partners to roll out these projects. Approximately US$350,000 has been allocated for their implementation including approximately $50,000 in co-funding from the IUCN MCC/MFF project in Ben Tre. > Read

Local fishermen harvesting shrimps in Can Gio Biosphere Reserve

Stories of conflicts: a review of MFF Small Grant Projects 2011-2013

On July 23, 2013, nine organizations that have completed MFF-funded small grant projects attended a lessons learned workshop in Hanoi, together with representatives of the projects’ beneficiary groups. > Read

Local grantee presenting project's results at the meeting

IUCN and Marriott International join hands for community-based environmental conservation and development in Thailand

IUCN, and Marriott International have launched a partnership to protect the environment and support Thailand’s local communities through mangrove restoration, the use of sustainable seafood sources and local procurement practices in Bang Krachao and areas in the South potentially to include Mai Khao, Tai Muang and Khao Lak. > Read

IUCN-Marriott MOU signing and press conference in Bangkok, 19 September 2013

Spatial planning in Mairoot Sub-district

Villagers at Ban Klong Takian try to come up with the best possible plan for their own village, whilst at the same time protecting natural resources and the surrounding environment. The way that houses cling to the banks of the creek at Ban Klong Takian in Mai Root Sub-district, Trat Province is a common sight in many coastal villages throughout Thailand, but many of the people living in these homes are being placed at risk because of poor spatial planning. > Read

The spatial planning included construction designs to minimize coastal erosion and creek sedimentation.

Fighting coastal erosion in Krabi

Coastal land erosion is an ongoing problem in Klong Prasong village in Krabi. Underlying reasons are increasing intensity of storms, especially during the monsoon period, resulting in higher wave action through which sand sediment is removed from the coast. In response to the decreasing land, villagers had to relocate their house further inland four times within 40 years. > Read

Fighting coastal erosion in Krabi

IUCN-Marriott partnership: underlying business and nature conservation in Thailand

When my colleagues and I were sitting in the media event that launched the partnership between IUCN and Marriott International in Thailand, we certainly didn’t expect the Chairman of Marriott’s Thailand Business Council to discourse in such detail on why mangroves are important. > Read

Mangrove planting by Marriott executives in Bang Kachao

Fish house - a way to improve fishermen ́s livelihood

Pak Duad is a typical coastal community in Nakorn Sir Thammarat, in which small scale fishing is the main livelihood. A coral reef, which is located five to ten kilometers off shore, serves as the community’s fishing ground. Strong wind and high tides often hinder fishermen to go offshore to catch fish, which puts their livelihood at risk.  > Read

fish house - a way to improve fishermen ́s livelihood

Children and climate change: youth ambassadors and agents of change

SDF recently took to the hills in the North of Thailand to work in collaboration with Plan International, an NGO that aims “to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty.” Plan’s Child Centered Climate Change Adaptation (4CA) project is promoting the role of children and youth in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation activities in communities in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. > Read

SDF poses with the schoolchildren and local leaders after the training workshop at Klong Manao School.

Supporters of fishworkers call for dialogue on labour, migration and environment

SDF is currently working with the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers to arrange a sub-regional dialogue in Bangkok, where a wide range of stakeholders will plan to improve labour standards, safety on ships and fishery management. > Read

A poster promoting labour rights.

Training course to forge links between gender and climate change adaptation

A training course on Gender Community Based and Meteorological Early Warning on Climate Change Adaptation was held at the Faculty of Science in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. With the objective of exchanging knowledge and building the capacity of participants in linking climate change adaptation with gender > Read

A course participant presenting the assessments of community challenges

Improving access to climate information in South Sulawesi

In times of unpredictable weather conditions, access to reliable climate information and weather forecasts, tailor-made for coastal populations in Southern Sulawesi, are essential for fishermen and farmers to plan their livelihood activities. > Read

Improving access to climate information in South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Insights for Community Based Adaptation in Indonesia

Understanding the implications of climate change and developing effective strategies to adapt to the changing living conditions is one essential objective of the “Building coastal resilience to climate change impact in Thailand and Indonesia” project. > Read

Insights for Community Based Adaptation in Indonesia

An ongoing study in Kampot assessing the economic dependence of coastal villages on the ecosystem services of seagrasses.

Kampot province in Cambodia has a known seagrass area of aproximately 25,000 ha, a highly productive and important ecosystem providing feeding and nursery grounds for many comercially important species. Various coastal development projects are currently in progress and there is worry amongst villagers and governmental institutions alike on what effects these will have on the seagrass ecosystem.  > Read

Middlemen waiting for boats to return with freshly caught crabs.

Participatory dolphin survey for Koh Kong province

The meeting in preparation for the dolphin survey brought together dolphin experts from IUCN Thailand and IUCN Cambodia as well as all relevant stakeholders from Cambodia such as the Fisheries Administrative, the Department of Environment, and community members to meet and share survey techniques and methodologies. > Read

Irrawaddy dolphin at Bang Pakong estuary, Chachengsao, Thailand

Balancing conservation and development of Kampot Province through the Coastal Use Zoning approach

IUCN Cambodia cooperated with the Kampot Provincial Hall to organize an inception workshop on Coastal Use Zoning at the Kampot Diamond Hotel. This aimed to discuss the process and strategy for Kampot Coastal Use Zoning with consideration of the seargrass survey results. > Read 


The event was presided over by H.E Yea Saut

BCR fact sheet

BCR fact sheet on Can Gio district, HCMC, Viet Nam

A fact sheet on Can Gio District, HCMC, Viet Nam > Download


BCR CC publications

Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis in Southern Thailand
  1. Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis in Sounthern Thailand > Download
  2. Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis in South Sulawesi, Indonesia > Download
  3. Life for Live, Vol.14 (Thai Language) > Read

MFF documents

So Tay - Guide book on wise use of fishery resources in Xuan Thuy National Par
  1. The Cambodia National Strategy and Action Plan Document for MFF > Download
  2. Survey and assessment of seagrass beds in the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay > Download
  3. SO TAY - Guide book on wise use of fishery resources in Xuan Thuy National Park, Viet Nam > Download



New IUCN webpage: CEPF Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot

IUCN-CEPF Indo-Burma webpage

IUCN and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) have launched a US$10.4 million, five-year investment for conservation of globally important biodiversity in the “Indo-Burma Hotspot”. This region ranks amongst the world’s top 10 biodiversity “hotspots”, a term which is used to describe the planet’s most biologically rich and threatened regions. Visit website


Call for case studies on protected areas for PAs DRR and CCA

Forests in the Gulf of Guinea, Africa

IUCN is working with Protected Areas Practitioners globally to develop a compilation of case studies on the positive and negative impacts of Protected Areas for DRR and Climate Change Adaptation. This publication is aimed to be launched at the World Park Congress in Sydney. For more information contact Camille Buyck ( by 4th October 2013. > Download case study template


IUCN and Marriott join for environmental project, 27 September 2013

Cambodia prepared to be 10th member of MFF (in Khmer)
CNC, 13 August 2013

Seagrass in Cambodia and its importance (in Khmer)
Hang Meas HD TV, 11 July 2013

Climate change impacts on eastern provinces of Thailand (in Thai)
Thai PBS, 13 July 2013 (11 min)

See more news from BCR website


Implementing partners

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BCR Implementing partners

The 1st Asia Parks Congress
13 - 17 November 2013
Sendai, Japan

The 2nd National Seminar on Mainstreaming Policy and Practice to Build Coastal Community’s Resilience and Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change
28 October 2013

The 2nd BCR Coastal Forum

15-18 October 2013 
Soc Trang, Viet Nam

Mekong: Viet Nam - the Delta Film Screening and Panel Discussion

10 October, 2013
Foreign Correspondents' Club in Thailand
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IUCN's project on Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in 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, jointly produced by IUCN and CARE, are the sole responsibility of IUCN and CARE and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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