Living in a Climate Change Issue2

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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 the European Union.

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First BCR Coastal Forum 2012: some impressions

I was part of the Vietnamese group that attended the first EU-funded Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) Coastal Forum that was held in Chanthaburi, Thailand on February 29-March 2, 2012. Throughout the three days, I was impressed by the high level of participation, the high quality of most of the presentations, and the amount that the three BCR countries - Thailand, Cambodia, and Viet Nam - can learn from each other. 

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Mangroves in Kien Giang Province

Making sense of climate change


“We know that climate change is important but the topic itself is so hard to understand,” a Thai journalist mentioned to me when we talked over dinner about media coverage of climate change".

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media @ coastal forum in Thailand


Cambodian BCR team ran vulnerability capacity assessment in Koh Kong


Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary (PKWS), located in the Koh Kong province. PKWS, mainly compounded by small alluvial islands, supports one of the most undisturbed mangrove forests in Cambodia and therefore in the Gulf of Thailand. It is a spawning and nursery ground for many marine resources. The livelihood of approximately 10,000 habitants relies on fisheries and ecosystem services that the sanctuary provides.

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VCA workshop in Koh Kong, Cambodia

People of Koh Kapik brainstormed to draft adaptation plan


IUCN Cambodia conducted a Promoting Local Innovation workshop in Koh Kapik Commune, Cambodia, during 12-14 Mar 2012. This was aiming to identify and prioritize local adaptation activities to be supported by the project in Koh Kapik Commune. The representatives of Provincial Environment Department, local community and IUCN staff participated in this workshop.

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Koh Kapik villagers


Traditional crab fishing as a way to secure livelihoods in the face of climate change


Consequences of climate change in Southern Sulawesi include frequent flooding, which puts the livelihoods of many people in this area at risk, who depend on ecosystem-based services such as fishing for their main source of income.

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Daily crabs yield (CARE)


Less water, more concern raises for climate change

Ban Rong Mai – “Come in, take a shower, it is so hot today,” that is such a strange but sweet welcome for two uninvited Vietnamese guests, like us, on arriving at Ban Rong Mai village, Bang Chan Sub-distrcit, Klung District, Chanthaburi province, Thailand.

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Ban Rong Mai, CHanthaburi, Thailand

CVCA participatory tools: linking community knowledge to climate science


One of the challenges of working on climate change adaptation at the local level is the lack of scaled-down information on impacts of climate change on local communities. This is coupled with inadequate data and information on weather and climate predictions at the local level.

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Community members are participating in small group activity using CVCA participatory tools-CARE

Thai Small-scale Fisher-folks Network announced its declaration


This declaration represents the consolidated standpoint of small-scale coastal fisher-folk communities from both the Eastern Region and Southern Region of Thailand regarding their fundamental rights in protecting, conserving, rehabilitating and making use of coastal resources and coastal land in support of their livelihood security, food security and financial security.

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Finding solutions for drinking water in Bang Chan sub-district

From the present to the future of resiliency: The case of Baan Bor Id village, Chumpon Province

Raks Thai finally completed the trainings on CVCA (Community Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis) for representatives from local government, civil society, and the community in 4 provinces.

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Hazard mapping done by Baan Bor Id community’s member

Building Firm Foundations for Climate Change Adaptation in Bang Chan Sub-district
Why addressing existing sensitivities is a key first step in adapting to climate change.

Bang Chan Sub-district is located in Klung District, Chanthaburi Province in Eastern Thailand. The word klung is used to refer to frequently flooded low-lying areas, which already gives you some clues to the nature of Bang Chan Sub-district.

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Bangchan, Chanthaburi, Thailand

Mobilizing communities towards increased resilience in climate change

An interview with Prasarn Satarnsathit, the Project Manager of BCR CC Raks Thai Foundation.


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Prasarn Satarnsathit, Project Manager of BCR CC Raks Thai Foundation

Interview with Dararat Weerapong

Dararat Weerapong is a new member of BCR project team. She serves as a Senior Communications Officer for Southeast Asia Group of IUCN. Apart from BCR, she also acts as a communications focal point for IUCN’s Mekong Water Dialogues. Prior to IUCN, she worked for Thailand Environment Institute, WWF, Stockholm Environment Institute and UNESCO Bangkok. She will share with us about her views on communications. 

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Dararat Weerapong, Senior Communications Officer, Southeast Asia Group, IUCN Asia

Impact of Climate Change on Hydrological Regime of Khlong Krabi Yai Watershed, Krabi Province, Thailand

Khlong Krabi Yai watershed in Krabi Province, the western coastal province in the southern region of Thailand. The watershed provides water to support agricultural, consumptive, tourism as well as maintain integrity of Ramsar site wetland in the catchment.

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Khlong Krabi, Krabi, Thailand

Live For Life Vol.9

January-March 2012

Newsletter for beneficiaries and partners in environmental project of Raks Thai Foundation issued every three months.

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Live for Life Vol 9


Climate Change in Thailand: Impacts and Adaptation Strategies

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Climate Change in Thailand: Impacts and Adaptation Strategies

VCA Presentation on YouTube

Jonathan Shott from SDF joinned the Climate Change Adaptation Platform 2012 and presented VCA approach that has been developing and using under the BCR project.This VDO goes online via SEAChangeCoP YouTube Channel.

SEA Change CoP is a Southeast Asia Community of Practice for Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Intervention.

> Watch a VDO
> Visit SEAChange website
Jonathan Shott presented VCA at Climate Change Adaptation Platform 2012

Coastal Forum 2012 Photo Stream

Photos from the First Regional Forum on Building Coastal Resilience in Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam, organized during 28 February - 2 March 2012, at Burapha University, Chanthaburi Province, Thailand.

> IUCN BCR Photostream
> IUCN Photostream
Coastal Forum 2012

Coastal Forum 2012 - Power Point Presentations

All of the power point presentations from the First Regional Forum on Building Coastal Resilience in Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam 2012 are made available on BCR website for further study and download.  

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Coastal Forum 2012

PEDRR training materials

The Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) training was organised back-to-back with the Coastal Forum 2012 in Chanthaburi, Thailand. Training materials are available for further study and download from BCR website.

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PEDRR, Thailand
In the Media
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Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk, SDF



Implementing partners

> GIZ 

BCR Implementing partners

SDF's events

Fact-finding Mission
23-27 April,
Bang Chan Sub-district, Chanthaburi, Thailand

Shoreline Video Assessment Method (S-VAM) Study
April – mid May
Mai Root Sub-district, Trat, Thailand

Contact: Jonathan Shott,


CARE's events

April: 1) Community based adaptation to climate change conference, 2)  Public Awareness Raising on CVCA result 

May: International Conference: Integrating Climate Change Adaptation in Disaster Risk Reduction

June: Solution for Community Based Adaptation Activity

Contact: Katrin von der Dellen, 



1-3 May 2012
Phuket, Thailand
Organized by MRC
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20-22 June
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
> Website


PEMSEA 8th East Asia Seas Congress

July 9-13
South Korea
> Website


MFF Regional Mangrove Colloquium

30-31 August
> Website


IUCN World Conservation Congress

6-15 September
Jeju, South Korea
Registration is now open
> Website


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