Living in a Climate Change Issue2

Dear Readers,

Welcome to another packed issue of “Living in a Changing Climate” I am sure that like me, you will continue to be impressed with the diversity of activities being undertaken with communities along the coastlines of Thailand, Cambodia, Viet Nam, and Indonesia, and the results and achievements being generated. But it is not just the breadth of activities that is impressive but also in many cases their depth as well. Take the example of the recently completed sea-grass surveys in Kampot. For many years we have heard simply that this is the largest sea-grass meadow in Southeast Asia – and have had very little additional information. We felt sure that such a significant sea-grass area as this must be incredibly important to the local economy and of vital significance for coastal resilience – but we had no idea of the true extent and status of the sea-grass, the benefits it provides to local communities and the threats it is facing. So we decided to find out. You can read about the sea-grass survey methodology training workshop conducted in Kampot, and an interview with the IUCN sea-grass team members Aey and Louis, in this issue. Right now they are analyzing the data of the nearly 500 person-days survey effort, and we hope to bring you the results in the next issue. The sea-grass work in turn is just one step of information gathering and analysis on the road towards coastal spatial planning and zoning of the entire Kampot coastline – for which the Provincial Government of Kampot has requested the assistance of the BCR project, and has already established a Provincial Task Force. So we continue step by step, following the road-map to resilience. Enjoy your reading!

Robert Mather
Head of Southeast Asia Group


Robert Mather

Training in Participatory Seagrass Survey Techniques

Kampot province: From 6-10 May 2013, a training on participatory seagrass survey techniques was organized by IUCN, funded by the EU, through IUCN’s Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) project. It aimed to build capacity of participants on seagrass survey techniques and environmental and developmental issues related to the seagrass. > Read

Participatory seagrass survey

National Seminar “Community Empowering and Strengthening Communities for Climate Change Adaptation”

On 4 April 2013, Raks Thai Foundation and partners from national and international NGOs as well as governmental agencies held a national conference on climate change adaptation at Maritime Hotel, Krabi. The main objectives of the meeting were 1) to exchange different perspectives of relevant sectors towards policy development and planning to enhance coastal community capacity for climate change adaptation > Read

National Seminar “Community Empowering and Strengthening Community for Climate Change Adaptation”, Thailand

Building artificial reefs in the Andaman Sea: practical incentives for the Thai government to invest in climate change adaptation

During the national seminar on climate change adaptation governmental representatives from different ministries took the chance to get a picture of the climate change impact in a coastal community. On 3 April 2013 Raks Thai Foundation organized a field visit to Khoa Kharm sub-district in Krabi Province. > Read

Community volunteers dropping concrete tubes at Khoa Kharm, Thailand

Adapting to climate change: Seaweed processing in North Luwu District

North Luwu is one of the Indonesian districts located in the Bone Gulf region where the “Building Coastal resilience to reduce climate change impact” (BCR CC program) is implemented. Unexpected weather and more and more extreme climate events exacerbate income generation from the primary economic sector. Diversification of income sources is one climate change adaptation strategy. CARE supports women in North Luwu in gaining skills for seaweed processing. > Read

Adapting to climate change: Seaweed processing in North Luwu District, Indonesia.

Global climate change with local impact: Improving livelihood security in coastal areas

Climate change creates additional obstacles to ending poverty and achieving social justice, especially in the vulnerable coastal regions of developing countries. Extreme weather events such as rising temperatures, increasing uncertainty of rainfall, more frequent floods and severe cyclones and droughts all have a significant impact on the livelihood security of the poor. > Read

Seaweed Cultivation in the Bone Gulf region, Indonesia

IUCN and SDF brought Thai PBS team to learn about climate change at the community level

BANGKOK — A group of producers, news reporters, production teams, academic researchers and trainers pertaining to the Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) rendezvoused to East Thailand and Coastal Cambodia to learn about villagers’ climate change related problems on 22-26 April. > Read

IUCN and SDF brought Thai PBS team to learn about climate change in community level

Upcoming research on fishing net use: Developments in Chanthaburi Province

The four-year Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) project, that started in 2011, aims to build capacity of local governments and people in eight coastal provinces across Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam. As part of this project, Chanthaburi Province in Thailand has been selected to reduce its vulnerability to climate change. In Thailand, the partners for the project are the Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF) and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. > Read

Pong Pang - a unique fishing gear in Chanthaburi, Thailand

The impact of fishery law reforms on local communities: BCR progress in Trat Province

As part of the Building Coastal Resilience Resilience (BCR) project, Trat Province in Thailand has been selected for strengthening local ability and piloting adaptation plans and activities to reduce vulnerability to climate change. The four-year BCR project, which started in 2011, aims to build capacity of local governments and people in eight coastal provinces across Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam to plan for, and adapt to, future climate risks. In Thailand > Read

Trat Fisherfolk Association Vote: The process to establish a small-scale fisherfolk association in Trat Province began with a meeting where villagers voted on the need for such a body.

The near-shore fishery challenge in Soc Trang

Soc Trang Province has recognized that the near-shore fishery and mangroves is suffering from a loss of species diversity, and this is increasing the vulnerability of coastal communities, who are heavily dependent on mangrove and marine resources, to climate change. The province has implemented numerous programs and regulations to protect and conserve its heavily exploited near-shore fishery. > Read

A poor fisher and his discarded by-catch

Soc Trang community prepares to adapt to climate change

The Mekong Delta is one of the parts of the world projected to be most impacted by sea level rise. And within the Delta, the coastal districts of Soc Trang Province are considered particularly vulnerable because of the very flat topography. Local people are already observing higher high tides and stronger wave action that break the unconsolidated earth dike that protects them from the sea. The EU-funded project Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) is working in Mo O, a small village in Trung Binh Commune to build local capacity to address this threat. > Read

Unconsolidated sea dike in front of vegetable plots at Mo O, Soc Trang Province

Andrew Wyatt teams up with BCR and drives Coastal Forum 2013 preparation

Andrew Wyatt is an Australian national with over fifteen years of research and project management experience in the Mekong Region. He has a PhD in Geography from the University of Sydney. He has held a number of advisory positions with government and non-government agencies in Vietnam and Cambodia. Presently, he is the Mekong Delta Programme Manager at IUCN Viet Nam. As he manages programmes in relation to the Delta, he is also a focal point for the Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) project in Viet Nam. Andrew will tell us, for the first time, about the upcoming BCR Coastal Forum which will be held in Viet Nam during 15-18 October. > Read

Andrew Wyatt, Mekong Delta Programme Manager, IUCN Viet Nam, and focal contact for Building Coastal Resilience Project (BCR)

Insights of Jaroon Plaiduang, Raks Thai Foundation field officer

Jaroon Plaiduang is 26 years old and works as a field officer with Raks Thai Foundation. He was born into a family who lives along the coastal area in Nakorn Sri Thammarat. Not only there is he witnessing climate change which slowly affects the way of life of the villagers. > Read

Insights of Jaroon Plaiduang, Raks Thai Foundation field officer

Talk to the seagrass surveyors

From May to June 2013, Ms Petchrung Sukpong and Mr Louis Bourne were part of the IUCN team surveying seagrass in Kampot province, Cambodia. Together, they conducted fieldwork and compiled results, with the support of their team representing Department of Environment and Department of Fisheries Administration on the field and IUCN colleagues. > Read

Petchrung Sukpong and Louis Bourne, IUCN's Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) Seagrass survey team.

BCR Fact sheets on Viet Nam

Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) fact sheet on Soc Trang Province, Viet Nam

The latest BCR fact sheets about activities in selected provinces in Viet Nam: 

1. Soc Trang Province > download
2. Ben Tre Province > download
3. Kien Giang Province > download




Proceeding of MFF Thailand National Seminar on Mangrove Conservation and Restoration (in Thai)

Proceeding of MFF Thailand National Seminar on Mangrove Conservation and Restoration, 2013

The event was organised during 13-14 December 2013 in Nakorn Srithammarat Province, Thailand. Experience from BCR activities implemtned by Sustainable Development Foundation in Chanthaburi and Trat provinces was shared to audiences. > Download


Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) on channel dredging in Koh Kapik

A report on cost and benefit analysis on channel dredging at Koh Kapik, Cambodia, 2013

 In Khmer > Download


Promoting Local Innovation in Koh Kapik, Cambodia

BCR report on Promoting Local Innovation in Koh Kapik, Cambodia 2013

In Khmer > Download


Coastal resources in danger

Coastal resources in danger by Jonathan Shott, Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF), BCR project partner

 Written by Jonathan Shott, Sustainable Development Foundation > Read


Photos from a training on climate change for Thai PBS

IUCN training on climate change for Thai PBS as part of the MOU and BCR project.

As part of the MOU between IUCN and Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) which aims at capacity building and awareness raising on climate change impacts in coastal communities, IUCN and Sustainable Development Foundation organised a 5-day workshop for reporters, TV programme producers, media trainers and news editor of Thai PBS. It was held during 22-26 April 2013, at Chanthaburi and Trat in Thailand, and Koh Kong in Cambodia. > View photos 


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

Biodiversity in coastal area will be threatened without clear zoning
(in Khmer)
Cambodia Express News, 25 June 2013

Workshop on Climate Change Impacts to Coastal Communities in Cambodia and Thailand
(in Khmer)
CNC TV (4.38 min)

Climate change on Koh Kapik community in Cambodia
(in Thai)
Thai PBS (3.29 min)

Climate Change Impacts on Koh Kapik Community
(in Khmer)
CNC TV (6.08 min)

Seagrass in Kapot Province, Cambodia
(in Khmer)
CNC TV (3.45 min)

Seagrass in Cambodia
(in Khmer)
CNC online

Workshop on Climate change impacts to Coastal Community in Thailand and Cambodia
(in Khmer)
My Village

Coastal erosion in Thailand
(in Thai)
Thai PBS, 25 May 2013 (24.28 min)

Mai Root Community: living with a changing climate
(in Thai)
Thai PBS, 19 May 2013 (25 min)

Cambodian journalist joined field trip with Thai PBS and IUCN to Koh kapik in Koh Kong, Cambodia, 2013

Implementing partners

> GIZ 

BCR Implementing partners

The 2nd BCR Coastal Forum
15-18 October
Soc Trang, Viet Nam

BCR Trat provincial dialogue
Trat, Thailand

International Conference on Adaptation and Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change in Asia Pacific: Integrating Scientific Aspects

30-31 August
visit website

Regional training course on mangrove restoration and management
13-21 August
Petchaburi, Thailand
visit website

Training on Gender and Climate Change Adaptation

29 July-6 August 


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.

To subscribe to this newsletter, please contact


IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature © 2011

IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.