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Best Management Practices for Adaptation: Water Management Systems
1 February 2016
Author: Shelley Gustafson and Paul Hartman

Climate change in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) will lead to wetter wet seasons, drier dry seasons, and more frequent and intense storm events. Coastal areas will experience the additional effects of rising sea level and salinization of soil and water resources. These climate hazards have the potential for impacting already-strained water supplies during the dry season; increasing contamination of drinking water especially during flood periods; and heightening the spread of water-borne diseases.

Clean, available water is a key to sustaining rural livelihood practices and is an essential input in supporting healthy and prospering communities. Building resilience into water management systems of LMB communities should be prioritized in all local level development plans.

Therefore, USAID Mekong ARCC develops Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Adaptation on Strengthening Resilience of Water Management Systems to Climate Change in the Lower Mekong Basin.” The BMPs capture how climate-related threats (e.g. floods and droughts) can be mitigated through proactive planning and improved water management to increase water supply and reduce water demand. 

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