There are 60 million people living in Southeast Asia’s Mekong River Basin who are sustained by the services the Mekong river provides. This is especially true for 75 percent of those people whose livelihoods and household food security depend on agriculture and fisheries. These subsistence communities face grave threats from the impacts of climate change, including crop failure that has the potential to drive them deeper into poverty. Without adequate preparation, increasing climate variability in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) is a significant threat to the livelihoods, nutrition, and health of these highly vulnerable communities.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mekong ARCC project’s central objective is to bridge the knowledge gap between high-level science and on-the-ground community responses, to help communities become more resilient to the anticipated effects of climate change.
Based on the USAID Mekong ARCC's Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study for the Lower Mekong Basin, we conducted vulnerability assessments in the riparian countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam to understand conditions and projected impacts of climate change that will affect the communities' water resources, agriculture, biodiversity, ecosystems, and livelihood opportunities. Check them out below, with their local translation.
Lao PDR Climate Change Vulnerability Profile (draft) (ພາສາລາວ)
Vietnam Climate Change Vulnerability Profile (Tiếng Việt)