Koh Kong Province, Cambodia

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 Coastal Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in 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 disaster risk reduction, through sound governance and planning.


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The Third Annual Coastal Forum 2014, Cambodia



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. …  

02 Nov 2011 | Blogs

Journalists on a boat trip in Peam Prasop Wildlife Sanctuary

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.

19 Oct 2011 | News story

Children living in Lang Sen Wetland Nature Reserve

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. For a copy of the WFE case studies, click HERE. …   | Vietnamese

14 Oct 2011 | News story

Brunner presents climate change situation in the region

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 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. …  

29 Sep 2011 | News story

Vietnamese apple

Self-initiative to improve local livelihood and adapt to environmental changes in Soc Trang province

A strong impression still remains in my mind from the field trip for the Building Resilience Impacts to Climate Change Project (BCR) in Soc Trang province. It is a story about a talented and self-motivated poor rural woman in Vinh Tan commune, Vinh Chau district, Soc Trang Province who has created a livelihood model with her own initiative in a coastal strip dominated by shrimp farms. …   | Vietnamese

26 Sep 2011 | News story

Baan Hua Laem

Baan Hua Laem: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

In September, powerful waves of the South China sea batter the shores of the Chanthaburi Province, three hours drive from Bangkok, but in the village of Ban Hua Laem in Sanamchai Sub-district, sheltered behind the rocky headland in a mangrove fringed bay, 70 families live the same simple existence as they have done for generations based on what the sea provides for them. …  

19 Sep 2011 | Blogs

Mrs. Sompong, 48 years old, small-scale fisher folk.

Adapting to survive

There’s a cool breeze in Ban Hua Laem. Inches of rain trickle down in the small village. Huddled around blue plastic crab nets are groups of people with hooks untangling brown and blue slippery jewels. Crab and fisher folks, whose livelihood is the ocean, has constantly adapted their way of life to meet their needs. Right now, they rely heavily on these jewels of the ocean, the blue swimming crabs, for livelihood. It is a community affair, as the old, young, men and women all help out with the catching, cleaning, and selling of crab.

19 Sep 2011 | Blogs

Fishermen  in Chanthaburi Province, 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. …  

19 Sep 2011 | Article

Participants discussed at inception workshop

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). With activities in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, BCR is a 4-year EU-funded project to build the capacity of local government and local people to plan for, and adapt to, future climate risks in provinces along the coastline between Bangkok and HCMC. In Vietnam, BCR will focus on Can Gio, Ben Tre, Soc Trang, and Kien Giang. IUCN’s national-level partners are VASI and GIZ; the local partners are Ben Tre, Soc Trang, and Kien Giang DONREs. …   | Vietnamese

19 Sep 2011 | News story

IUCN KM Report

Knowledge Management in the IUCN Asia Region Programme

A knowledge management study was undertaken in the IUCN Asia Region to review the knowledge management needs and practices to help deliver the Asia Region Programme. A full report and action plan have been developed based on the surveys undertaken in October – November 2010.  …  

03 Aug 2011 | Article


BCR Photostream

Coastal Forum 2012

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Building Coastal Resilience

News report by ASEAN TV

Coastal Erosion in Thailand

News report by ASEAN TV, aired on 12 March 2012.

Coastal Erosion - part of climate change impacts (in Thai)

News report by Green News TV, Thai Society of Environmental Journalists.

Coastal Erosion in Thailand (in Thai)

News report by Nation Channel.

Promoting Local Innovations (PLI)

Promoting local innovations for climate change adaptation: Finding solutions for drinking water in Bang Chan Sub-district 

Video on climate change

How does climate change affect the oceans and marine biodiversity?