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USAID Study Analyzes Climate Impacts in Mekong River Basin


The Mekong Delta is set to face more extreme weather

20 March 2014: The values at risk in key livelihood sectors from predicted climate change impacts are estimated to be at least US$16 billion per year, according to the findings of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) 'Mekong ARCC Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study.' The study, which was inspired by an International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) study, considers climate impacts on agriculture, fisheries, livestock, and rural infrastructure and health.

The study analyzes the potential magnitude of climate impacts in the Mekong delta with the aim of translating them to local communities and policymakers to support adaptation investment.


Press Release and links to additional information

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(video 2): Living with Floods - Community Response

Second video in a two part Disaster Risk Reduction and Response series providing examples to individuals and communities in preparing for and responding to floods and associated risks in rural Vietnam communities.

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EEPSEA Climate Change Vulnerability Map

Climate Map SE Asia

Map date: 2009

Covering 530 sub-national areas of Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, this map combines different elements that contribute to vulnerability - climate-related hazards, capacity to adapt and human and ecological sensitivity - using data from organisations such as the Center for International Earth Science Information Network and the World Wildlife Fund.

All regions of the Philippines are at high risk from tropical cyclones, floods, landslides and droughts, but Jakarta is the most vulnerable city in the region - a victim of the intersection of all climate-related hazards except cyclones.

Other regions regarded as most vulnerable include Vietnam's Mekong River Delta and Bangkok, due to their exposure to sea-level rise.

Full report attached here in pdf.

NOTE: EEPSEA was established in May 1993 to support research and training in environmental and resource
economics. Its objective is to enhance local capacity to undertake the economic analysis of
environmental problems and policies. It uses a networking approach, involving courses, meetings,
technical support, access to literature and opportunities for comparative research. Member countries are
Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, China, and Papua New
EEPSEA is supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC); the Swedish
International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida); and the Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA).

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