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Posts Written by 'Sara Lehman'
Sara Lehman
| Posted on
2 January 2015
John Talberth's quote on making smarter investments in adaptation measures earlier.

Climate change is something often discussed in the future tense—“temperatures will rise…”, “when annual rainfall increases…”, “if flash flooding occurs more often…” Projected changes in temperatures and rainfall are associated with potential impacts on natural resources, usually anticipated 15–40 years into the future. Grasping these projections can be a challenge for a farmer who isn’t sure whether he’ll even make enough income from the next harvest to cover debts or pay for his children’s annual school fees. It can be equally challenging for policymakers in the Mekong region, who must weigh short-term development gains with longer term economic and non-market costs.

Sara Lehman
| Posted on
29 May 2015
INFOGRAPHIC: USAID Mekong ARCC's Ecosystems Service Valuation Country Case Studies

If a tree falls in the forest but no one hears it, did the tree really fall?

You’ve likely heard this well-pondered riddle already so how about this one:

If an entire forest is cleared to build a new highway, but no one knows the existing value of the forest to local communities, does losing the forest really cost local communities anything?

While the concept of “natural capital” is widely recognized, capturing its value can be challenging. How do you compare the loss of the forest and its myriad, though perhaps undocumented, benefits against the cold hard calculations of the economic returns from a new highway? One answer is through ecosystem service valuation, or ESV for short.

Sara Lehman
| Posted on
8 March 2016
Empowering WOMEN through Improved Water Security (1/6)

On the International Women's Day (March 8th), USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) project wants to share women's stories, particularly in rural villages of Lao PDR's Khammouan Province, through compelling images.