Living in a Climate Change Issue2
JUL 2012 - MAR 2013 ISSUE#5-7
 

“Living in a Changing Climate” is a joint production of two IUCN and CARE/Raks Thai projects working on Building Coastal Resilience to Climate Change in Coastal Southeast Asia, both supported by the EU. In the last few months, both projects have made steady advances on the ground, in a number of provinces in Viet Nam, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia. IUCN World Conservation Congress held once every four years - this time on Jeju island in South Korea with 10,000 participants, provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of this work to a global audience.

A BCR “Conservation Café” shared experience in a small group round-table setting, while SDF’s Jonathan Shott, was a key resource person who shared experience of conducting Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments in Chanthaburi and Trat Provinces during a day-long Conservation Campus on Disaster Risk Reduction.

In conjunction with these activities at WCC Jeju, “Coastal Resilience Evaluation for Adaptation Through Empowerment” (CREATE) was launched. Vice-Minister Tuyen of MONRE Viet Nam also spoke eloquently on coastal resilience in Viet Nam at a special event at the “Blue Planet Pavilion”

The agreement of an MoU between IUCN and Thai Public Broadcasting Service (TPBS) was also marked by an MoU signing ceremony and Press Conference at Jeju. Under this MoU IUCN and TPBS will collaborate to increase awareness and understanding of climate change issues and adaptation activities through training programmes, TV programming and special events.

You can learn more about these events, and lots of other activities in the rest of this E-News. I am sure you will enjoy it!

Robert Mather
Head of Southeast Asia Group
IUCN

 

Robert Mather
 
WHAT IS HAPPENING
 

Thai PBS joins hands with IUCN to promote environmental protection

March 7, 2013 - Mr. Somchai Suwanban, Director General of Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) and Mr. Anothai Udomsilp, Director of Academic Institute of Public Media welcomed Ms. Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, and representatives of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at Thai PBS Headquarters on Viphavadi Rangsit Road to discuss on collaborative projects to promote nature and environment conservation. > Read
 

 

Julia Marton - Lefevre, Director General of IUCN and Somchai Suwanban, Director General of Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)
 

Mai Root and Bang Chan Villagers Welcome IUCN Director General

From 5-6 March 2013, IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, came to visit Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF) and IUCN’s joint project field sites, where coastal communities are responding to both climate and human induced change. As soon as the IUCN delegates arrived, they were welcomed with big smiles. The tour started with the Mai Root villagers proudly showing their visitors around their community crab banks. > Read

 

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General
 

"A New Leader" - the fruitful results of the BCR CC project
Experiences and thoughts of Ms Lek, the village head of Bangkrabeau Village
At Bangkrabeu Village, Ms Lek, one of the few women who became a village head, plays an important role in the Building coastal resilience to reduce climate change impact (BCR CC) project. She served as a resource person to implement the Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) process > Read

 

Ms Lek, the village head of Bangkrabeau Village
 

Restoring Mangroves for Mud Crab Conservation
Strengthening alternative livelihoods at Klongyang Sub-district, Krabi province, Thailand
The Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Report clearly indicated that seasonal variability has been increasing and that the monsoonal winds and waves have grown much stronger. Those changes are significantly impacting the livelihoods of coastal communities, > Read

Klongyang Sub-district, Krabi province, Thailand
 

Seaweed Plantation and Post Harvest Processing
Community Based Adaptation Strategies in Southern Sulawesi, Indonesia
After conducting the BCR CC Program Design Workshop on Community Based Adaptation in June 2012 involving the local governments from 4 districts in Southern Sulawesi > Read

Community Based Adaptation Strategies in Southern Sulawesi, Indonesia
 

Village Vision Mapping in Wajo District, South Sulawesi
Wajo is one of four districts where CARE International Indonesia is implementing the “Building coastal resilience to reduce climate change impact” (BCR CC) project, which is funded by the EC. According to the Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment which was conducted in Wajo in 2012, Wajo is very vulnerable to floods, tidal waves, storms > Read

 

Village Vision Mapping in Wajo District, South Sulawesi
 

Coastal defense: New thinking needed

A major risk with the current obsession with climate change adaptation is in fact maladaptation: expensive solutions to problems that may never emerge or which themselves create new problems (the famous law of unintended consequences). This is evident in Vietnam where in 2009 the prime minister approved a plan to build concrete sea dikes (replacing the existing dirt dikes), at a cost of US$3 million per kilometer, along the entire coastline. > Read

Cement sea dike at Ganh Hao, Bac Lieu Province
 

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 > Read

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

Zoning to adapt

Sustainable Coastal Management is one of the key mechanisms to ensure a better chance for Kampot and its people to cope with impacts from both climate and non-climate factors.> Read

 

H.E. Saut Yea, Deputy Governor of Kampot.
 

Koh Kong Province residents discuss mangrove ecosystem protection strategies

IUCN Cambodia conducted a half-day workshop on 13 November 2012 about local ecosystem protection to prevent adverse changes in local beach and river erosion and sedimentation. Thirteen participants from agencies of the line departments, local authorities, and Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary discussed community-based solutions to support livelihoods during the workshop at the Peam Krasop community meeting hall. > Read

 

Koh Kong Province residents discuss mangrove ecosystem protection strategies
 

Livelihoods threatened in Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambodia by migration of a sandy barrier beach
The Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary is home to several small communes, where livelihoods rely on the natural resources of the surrounding mangrove forest. Residents of Old Peam Krasop village are highly dependent on green mussel cultivation, fishing and aquaculture, visible in a wide channel leading to the sea. The village has existed since 1964, currently with around 25 households accommodating 70 people. > Read

 

Mangrove tree stumps are found on the shore to the open ocean after landward beach migration exposed the trees to rough seas and inadequate soil
 

Protecting Wetlands is Protecting Sources of Water

Koh Kong, Cambodia, 23 and 24 February - More than 500 people gathered to celebrate the World Wetlands’ Day in Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary (PKWS) in Koh Kong, which is home to the largest mangrove forests in Cambodia. > Read

 

World Wetlands Day 2013 in Koh Kong, Cambodia
 

Climate change impact from women’s perspective
Nowadays political, economic, social, and environmental uncertainty strongly impact lives of people in Thailand. Climate variation is one of the factors, which specifically affects those whose livelihoods depend on marine and coastal resources such as coastal fishing communities. > Read
 

Climate change impact from women’s perspective, Malinee Panuraj, Krabi
Province, Thailand
 

Ecosystems are transboundary

In early 2013, two bordering provinces of Thailand and Cambodia discussed possible transboundary collaboration. A group of 34 representatives from communities, academy, local government offices in Trat, as well as a team of the Sustainable Development Foundation and IUCN, travelled to Koh Kong, Cambodia to meet with H.E. Say Socheat, Deputy Governor of Koh Kong province, and other officials > Read

 

 

SDF Director exchanges with Mr Sek Sam Ol
 
INTERVIEW
 

BCR CC project empowers vulnerable people and teaches the project
staff some lessons
An interview with Ms Surirat Kochawat, Senior Field Coordinator, BCR CC project. > Read


 

Ms Surirat Kochawat, Senior Field Coordinator, BCR CC project
 
RESOURCES
 

New BCR Factsheets

Factsheet to provide background of BCR working sites, priority issues, project interactions and recommendations for further action. 

 

BCR Factsheet_2013
 

Climate Resilience Evaluation for Adaptation Through Empowerment (CREATE)

With CREATE we reviewed existing vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCA) methodologies. We tried to identify what was common. We tried to differentiate between what was fundamental and what was extraneous. We tries to come up with straightforward guidelines that would allow policy makers, field practitioners and local communities alike to begin their climate change adaptation journey > Download

CREATE factsheet
 

Crab Banks: a Literature Review

This paper reviews articles, reports and case studies related to crab bank projects which have been found implemented in Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Viet Nam, with the greatest number being in Thailand and Cambodia. The author also proposes recommendations for more effective and sustainable crab bank projects. > Download 

Jöhl, A. (2013). Crab Banks: a Literature Review. Bangkok, Thailand: IUCN. 23pp.
 

Journey to improve Environmental Press Professionalism

A Vietnamese media training series report on forest and climate change. > Download
 

Journey to improve Environmental Press Professionalism
 

Viet Nam Situation Analysis

This document presents the current situation of the coastal zone of 4 Provinces in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, Ben Tre, Soc Trang, and Kien Giang; and the Can Gio Biosphere Reserve in Ho Chi Minh City. It also includes a needs assessment of the government in relation to its capacity building needs as well as interventions. > Download

Viet Nam situation analysis
 

Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment of Koh Kong and Kampot Provinces, Cambodia

This report addresses all of these areas, in target communities of Koh Kong and Kampot Provinces of Cambodia, and provides clear recommendations for priority actions.> Download

Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment of Koh Kong and Kampot Provinces, Cambodia
by Manuela Erazo Bobenrieth, Sun Kong, Kong Kim Sreng and Robert Mather
 

Report on socio-ecological survey in Boeung Kachhang village, Koh Kong Province

This report presents the results of the participatory socio-ecological assessment of Boeung Kachhang one of the five targeted village in Peam Prasop Wildlife Sanctuary Management Plan. > Download

 

 

Report on socio-ecological survey in Boeung Kachhang village, Koh Kong Province, 2013
 

Workshop report on Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary Management Planning

This is a final report of the consultative workshop on Peak Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary Management Planning which was organised by Ministry of Environment and supported by IUCN through BCR project, during 21-22 November 2012 > Download

Report from a Consultative Workshop on Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary Management Planning, Koh Kong City Hotel, Koh Kong Province, 21-22 November 2012, organized by the Ministry of Environment, Koh Kong provincial Hall and IUCN
 

VDO - World Leaders' Dialogues: Nature+Climate

The World Leaders Dialogues are “prime time” high-level sessions during the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012. They feature internationally recognized experts, politicians and CEOs in a series of five moderated public debates that tackle the most strategic issues related to conservation and sustainable development. > Watch VDO

World Leaders' Dialogues: Nature+Climate
 
BCR IN THE NEWS
 

Bang Chan: landless community (in Thai)
Thai PBS, 12 May 2013

Eastern coastal Thailand and food security
(broadcast in Thai)
Thai PBS, 6 May 2013

Thai PBS and IUCN joins hand to raise public awareness on nature and environment conservation (Thai, English)
Thai PBS, 7 March 2013 

Cambodia's mangroves under threat (English,Khmer)
The Phnom Penh Post, 5 December 2012

Consultative workshop on management planning for Peam Krasob Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambodia (in Khmer)
APSARA NET TV, 23 November 2012

Management Planning for Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary in Koh Kong
 (in Khmer) 
Rasmie Kapuchea Daily Newspaper, 24 November 2012

Scientists fear Myanmar's disappearing mangroves
Myanmar Times, 9 November 2012

 

Consultative Workshop On Management Planning for Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, 21-22 November 2012,  Cambodia, Apsara news
 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
 

The 2nd BCR Coastal Forum
October 2013
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

The 37th World Heritage Committee Meeting
17-27 June 2013
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Seagrass monitoring for management workshop
6-10 May 2013
Kampot, Cambodia
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