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JULY-SEPTEMBER 2011 ISSUE #1
 
Welcome to the Living in a Changing Climate newsletter! 

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 European Union.

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WHAT IS HAPPENING
 

Cambodia

IUCN launches EU-funded climate change project in Cambodia

IUCN officially launched the EU funded project to build Cambodia's resilience to climate change at a meeting in Koh Kong on August 11, 2011. This 4-year project, implementing in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, will build the capacity of people and the ecosystems on which they depend to cope with impacts of climate change in eight provinces along the coastline between Bangkok and HCMC. In Cambodia, the project will work in Koh Kong and Kampot Provinces.

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Brunner presents climate change situation in the region
 

Indonesia

Where can climate change impact be felt most? – The challenge of site location

Nowadays, climate change impacts most households in low-lying coastal areas in Eastern parts of Indonesia to a certain extend. Typical problems coastal communities face are degradation, salt water intrusion and flooding as well as more severe weather events which impact the livelihood of thousands of families. If weather conditions and seasons are not predictable any more, farmers are at high risk of experiencing crop failure.

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Meeting on site location
 

Thailand

Securing fisher-folk livelihoods through climate risk management in Thailand

Sustainable Development Foundation, IUCN’s partner in Thailand under the Building Coastal Resilience project, is adopting a climate risk management approach to secure fisher-folk livelihoods by strengthening the management of marine and coastal resources. 

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Fishermen  in Chanthaburi Province, Thailand
 

Public and private sectors mobilize climate change adaptation policy, emphasizing community participation

Raks Thai Foundation, the Building Coastal Resilience to Reduce Climate Change Impact in Thailand (BCR-CC) project’s implementing body, has launched the provincial orientation sessions, involving departments, organizations, and other interested bodies in four target provinces along the southern coast, to sensitize them to direct adaptation strategies.

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Meeting in the South of Thailand
 

Vietnam

Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) project officially kicked off in Vietnam

In partnership with the Vietnam Administration of the Seas and Islands (VASI) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), IUCN organized a workshop in HCMC on September 6, 2011 to launch the Vietnam component of Building Coastal Resilience (BCR).

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Participants discussed at inception workshop
 
INTERVIEW
 

Working towards increased adaptive capacity in the face of climate change

An interview with Katrin Von Der Dellen, the Project Coordinator of BCR CC

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Katrin Von Der Dellen, the Project Coordinator of BCR CC
 
STORIES FROM THE FIELD
 

Self-initiative to improve local livelihood and adapt to environmental changes

The story of Mrs Hoa from Soc Trang Province in Vietnam shows us how one lady can adapt her livelihood to improve the life of her family.

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Vietnamese Apple from Mrs Hao's garden
 

Baan Hua Laem: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

 Dr Robert Mather reports how the way of life and livelihood and how climate change might affect the life of people in Baan Hua Laem village, Chanthaburi.

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Baan Hua Laem
 
RESOURCES
 

Waiting for the water to come? Poverty reduction in times of global climate change

The study conducted by Centre for Development Research and CARE Deutschland –Luxemburg e.V. focuses on the mutual correlation between poverty and climate change and shows ways of adaptation to climate change by using poverty reduction strategies. The report includes a case study from West Timor, Indonesia.

 

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Waiting for the water to come? Poverty reduction in times of global climate change
 

Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis

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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Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis
 

Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change

Human induced climate change is causing more severe extreme natural events which often result in disasters. This study identifies the most likely humanitarian implications of climate change for the coming two decades. In a Geographical Information System specific hazards associated with climate change are combined with characteristics of vulnerability with the purpose to identify hotspots of high humanitarian risk under changing climate conditions. The study addresses policy makers to make them aware of the challenges climate change implies and humanitarian actors to adapt their response strategies to the realities of climate change.
 

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Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change
 
 

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Implementing partners

> GIZ 
> Sustainable Development Foundation 
> VASI 
BCR Implementing partners
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 

A series of vulnerability and capacity assessments 
Date: 28 September-6 October 2011
Location:Mai Root and Laem Klat sub-districts in Trat province and Bang Chan and Nong Chim sub-districts in Chantaburi province, Thailand
Organizer: SDF Thailand

CBA Workshop and CVCA Training for facilitators 
Date: October 2011
Location: Bone, Waju, Luwu, Luwu Utara, and South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Organizer: CARE International Indonesia

Journalist Training on Climate Change and Field trip to Koh Kong
Date: 3-7 October 2011
Location: Phnom Penh and Koh Kong Province, Cambodia
Organizers: CCIM and IUCN

Promoting Local Innovation Training 
Date: 19-21 October 2011
Location: Bang Chan Sub-district, Chantaburi Province, Thailand
Organizers: IUCN and SDF Thailand

Regional Coastal Forum
Date: 7-9 December 2011
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Organizer: IUCN 
 

 
 

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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