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Women in DoneKeo were waiting to collect water. (Photo: Pakprim Oranop-na-Ayuthaya/DAI)

This past May, on the day that the USAID Mekong ARCC project team was to begin our week of field work in the villages of Nakai in Lao PDR’s Khammouan Province, unseasonal heavy rains made the road leading to the community site too dangerous to travelers, and as a result, our trip was postponed. While disappointed, we weren’t surprised by this unusual weather event since unseasonal and variable rains are one of the effects of climate change that villagers had identified last year during a participatory decision-making process to develop a climate change adaptation plan.

A few days later, the roads were dry and we made our journey to our target local communities in Nakai District. Good thing, because if the trip had been rescheduled we might not have been able to return to the villages all. Located in a low valley across a karst limestone mountain, the main road to the village is entirely cut off during the rainy season that usually begins in June.