Ecosystem based adaptation to climate change workshop provides opportunity to educate stakeholders and raise awareness



Posted on 12 June 2014
Ecosystem based adaptation workshop participants engaging in brainstorming activity.
Ecosystem based adaptation workshop participants engaging in brainstorming activity.
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Climate change poses a real threat to the ecosystems and communities along the Mekong River between the Cambodian towns of Kratie and Stung Treng. These communities are highly dependent on the ecosystem’s resources and will be heavily impacted if drought, floods, increased temperatures, and other climatic changes lead to the loss or degradation of these resources. WWF worked with six communities in Kratie Province to prepare a Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (VAA) to help them understand and prepare for the anticipated impacts of climate change. The results of the VAA and subsequent consultations with the communities identified forest protection as the single most effective climate change adaptation measure. The focus on protecting ecosystem functions in order to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change is known as ecosystem-based adaptation.

WWF worked with the Forestry Administration to develop a project proposal called Ecosystem Based-Adaptation to Climate Change Project. The principle objective of this project is to reduce the vulnerability of communities along the Mekong River to the adverse impacts of climate change by protecting and restoring community forests. The Cambodian Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) agreed to fund the project for a total of $150,000 over 15 months.

With the financial support of the CCCA, WWF and FAC-Kratie organized a Provincial Workshop on March 14th, 2014 in Kratie to discuss the progress of the Ecosystem Based-Adaptation to Climate Change Project. The workshop included representatives of NGOs from CRDT, ABE, FLO, Winrock, RECOFTC, CCD, CED, and Oxfam, and six community forestry members. In total, approximately 50 participants attended. The three primary objectives of the workshop included: 1) disseminating the results of the project; 2) raising awareness regarding climate change; and 3) sharing concepts about climate change and ecosystem-based adaptation.

During the workshop, the NGO members and community participants discussed their experiences with implementing practical climate change adaptation measures. Specifically, the group tried to focus on the challenges of implementing adaptation measures.

Overall, the workshop stimulated important discussion on climate change adaptation and provided a baseline to reach out to NGO partners and communities along the Mekong River.
Ecosystem based adaptation workshop participants engaging in brainstorming activity.
Ecosystem based adaptation workshop participants engaging in brainstorming activity.
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Participants in the Sharing Workshop of Ecosystem Based Adaptation to Climate Change in the Mekong River.
Participants in the Sharing Workshop of Ecosystem Based Adaptation to Climate Change in the Mekong River.
© Chanmeta Bun Enlarge

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