Climate Change Adaptation in the Lower Mekong Basin
Climate change impact and vulnerability assessment
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) launched the regional project on ‘Basin-wide climate change impact and vulnerability assessment of the wetlands of the Lower Mekong Basin for adaptation planning’ to help strengthen climate change adaptation planning and implementation in priority locations throughout the Lower Mekong Basin. The project is undertaking an assessment of the Mekong wetlands, taking into consideration their functions and biodiversity, with the goal of developing climate change adaptation strategies. Central to achieving this is the need to develop a geo-spatial database and methodology for climate change vulnerability assessments of these ecosystems.
Due to the uncertainty of both climate change and the future uses of wetlands, longer-term adaptation measures will need to be both innovative and flexible. The project aims to maintain existing or near natural ecosystem functions and biodiversity, whilst at the same time ensuring that adaptation measures are both timely and appropriate.