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Posts with label 'Climate Change'
School children of Kok Klang community were engaged in the community reforestation as a climate resilience strategy. (Photo by Del McCluskey/DAI)

National Park Officials, monks, community leaders and school children were among the 200 members of Kok Klang Village, in northeastern Thailand’s Sakon Nakhon Province, who gathered together in a community reforestation effort on August 28th, 2015. In total, the group planted about 5,000 trees in the 16-hectare Non Sao Ae community forest, as part of a larger community adaptation effort supported by the USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) project and its partner, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Non Sao Ae and other forests provide nearby communities with many valuable products and services, and therefore require careful management in the face of anticipated climate change impacts.

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.

Chiang Rai's Hae Ko villagers were discussing impacts from changing climate and thier adaptation plan. (Cr. Josephine Green/IUCN)

Part One of this post introduced how the USAID Mekong ARCC project is using a participatory approach to engage villagers in rural, under-resourced areas of the Lower Mekong Basin to implement climate change adaptation measures in their communities. Part One presents the communities’ experiences with climate change and how we introduced scientific projections to them from the USAID Climate Study. Part Two is about how we merged these components in order to identify adaptation options.

Villagers in Ban Xong discuss about climate change in the context of Lao PDR in the poster. (Cr. Ienkate Saenghkaew/DAI)

How do you teach rural villagers about climate change when there is no word for “climate” in their language? This is one among many interesting and eye-opening experiences we encountered as we carried out the USAID Mekong ARCC adaptation planning approach across 20 communities in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB). Read on to learn more about how we helped increase rural villagers’ awareness about climate change, their understanding of how it will affect them and what they can do to prepare their communities for its impacts.

In the dry season, villagers in Chey Commune and other rural areas of the LMB often face severe food and livelihood insecurity that affects both them and their livestock. (Cr. Shannon Dugan/DAI)

By my third trip to Chey Commune in Cambodia’s Kampong Thom Province, I am now accustomed to the nearly four hour drive. After the asphalt ends about an hour outside of the capital, Phnom Penh, we bump along on a mainly dirt and gravel road for what feels like an eternity. Outside my window, the landscape is flat. The lush rainforest that once stood here was removed long ago and now there are just a few classically tropical palm trees jutting up at random points in the distance.

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