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FACTSHEET: Adaptation Decision Making Framework Combines Science and Community Knowledge for Locally Empowered Solutions
20 May 2016
Author: USAID Mekong ARCC

The USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) Integrated Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Decision Making framework takes a unique approach to designing context-specific technical solutions for strengthening rural livelihood resilience in the face of climate change. Geared toward community-level adaptation planning, the participatory process merges the best available climate science with local communities’ expertise and knowledge.

Using this framework, community members in USAID Mekong ARCC project sites prioritized their livelihood vulnerabilities and hazards and set out their desired vision and outcomes. From this, climate change adaptation plans were developed and implemented. Over two years, these community-led adaptation activities were piloted to increase communities’ resilience to a range of climate change threats on their livelihoods, including increased temperatures, unseasonal weather patterns, sea level rise, and salinity intrusion. Some commonalities across the adaptation solutions included establishing or improving community water management, integrated farm management, and aquaculture/agriculture production. Based on results from these pilot adaptation activities, the USAID Mekong ARCC project is now looking toward scaling key lessons learned from utilizing its adaptation decision making approach.

Download the Adaptation Decision Making Factsheet  (PDF, 6.04 MB).

Diagram of Integrated Community Climate Change Adaptation Planning

Diagram of Integrated Community Climate Change Adaptation Planning
(Illustration by Donald Bason)