The USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) Project and its partners—the Asian Management and Development Institute (AMDI) in Vietnam and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Thailand—conducted awareness raising activities in nine communities in rural Thailand and Vietnam over eight months as part of its participatory adaptation planning approach.
Comparing our baseline and midterm survey results indicates that villagers in these communities in Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, and Kien Giang, Vietnam, are now more knowledgeable about climate change, of how it will impact them, and how they can prepare for its anticipated impacts. Some key highlights are:
- After 8 months implementing activities and the participatory adaptation planning, 87% of rural community members were aware of climate change compared with just 45% at the baseline stage.
- After implementing adaptation planning approach, a total of 249 community members expressed concern about climate change impacts, which is about 45% more than the number of concerned community members before implementing activities.
- 45% of villagers in Thailand’s northern Chiang Rai said the community plan to adapt to climate change impacts was the most useful outcome from their participation in project activities.
- 21% of villagers in Thailand’s northeastern Sakon Nakhon agreed that understanding climate information has been most useful in helping them better prepare for climate change impacts.
- Half of participating villagers in Vietnam’s Kien Giang said that increased knowledge of climate change among community members has made a significant impact in terms of understanding how to best adapt.
- More than 300 participating villagers were able to identify appropriate climate change adaptation strategies after eight months of activity implementation.