Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia

The effects of climate change on Southeast Asia are well documented. Temperature increases have the potential to reduce water availability, affecting crop yields and food security. Coastal cities are vulnerable to sea-level rise and flooding during periods of intense rainfall. Coastal ecosystems, plains and deltas are affected by land loss and saline intrusion, that in turn affects livelihoods. Preparing for these challenges requires that researchers, policymakers, communities and other relevant actors have a thorough knowledge of the localized impact of climate change.

A recent study on climate change vulnerability carried out by the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) showed that all regions in the Philippines and Cambodia, and many parts of Viet Nam, are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Although these countries have made considerable advances in terms of economic growth and education, they are hampered by poverty, environmental degradation and social inequities that exacerbate vulnerability to climate events. There is urgent need to build capacity for research, planning and action with respect to climate change and the economics of adaptation.

This project will endeavor to meet this need by measuring vulnerability to climate change in selected communities; mapping each community's vulnerability to climate change; analyzing the social vulnerability of local communities to climate change; identifying locally appropriate adaptation options; conducting an economic analysis of adaptation options; and formulating policy recommendations to enhance local capacity to adapt to climate change.

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Start Date

Monday, January 17, 2011

End Date

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


36 months

IDRC Officer

Adhikari, Bhim

Total funding

CA$ 769,600


Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Cambodia, Philippines, Viet Nam


Climate Change

Project Leader

Dr. Bui Dung The


College of Economics - Hue University

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Viet Nam

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Project Leader

Dr. Naret Heng


Royal University of Phnom Penh, State-run University

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Project Leader

Prof. Maria Emilinda (Emy) Mendoza


Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture

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