Mekong ARCC Introduction by Paul Hartman

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The Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (Mekong ARCC) Project is a five-year program (2011-2016) funded by the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) in Bangkok and implemented by DAI and subcontractors the International Centre for Environmental Management (ICEM) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). The project addresses information and policy gaps to provide communities in the Mekong River Basin with the guidance and support they need to develop sustainable integrated adaptation plans that will increase their ability to cope with the negative impacts of climate change. Mekong ARCC is headquartered in Bangkok and supports climate change research and adaptation initiatives in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Lao PDR.

This presentation was delivered by Paul Hartman, Chief of Party of Mekong ARCC Project, at the Interim Results Workshop on Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study for the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) during October 31 - November 1, 2012 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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  • 80% or protected areas are situated in regions of medium to high poverty incidence
  • 80% or protected areas are situated in regions of medium to high poverty incidence
  • 80% or protected areas are situated in regions of medium to high poverty incidence
  • 80% or protected areas are situated in regions of medium to high poverty incidence
  • Mekong ARCC Introduction by Paul Hartman

    1. 1. Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (Mekong ARCC) Paul Hartman, Chief of Party
    2. 2. Mekong ARCC Geographic Scope
    3. 3. Mekong ARCC Goal: Increase adaptation capacity & resilience of communities to the impacts of climate change• Use climate change downscaling techniques to identify vulnerable crops, fisheries and ecosystems in Lower Mekong countries• Work at field level on climate planning that supports community development of adaptation and resilience strategies• Collect extensive data to: – quantify ecosystem services – ascertain investment impact – develop project proposals for adaptation financing• Work with regional institutions to leverage project results and broaden/sustain impact
    4. 4. Community Adaptation Initiatives
    5. 5. Climate Planning• Climate Planning – incorporates weather and climate information into community planning to address current vulnerability and future threats from climate change MARCC Proof of Concept Climate Planning Model Weather Data Climate Data 1. Vulnerability Assessment 2. Options Analysis 3. Priority Setting 4. Monitoring: Act, Learn, Act again Climate Planning MARCC Proof of Concept: Development filteredTraditional Development Program through a Climate Lens
    6. 6. % change in annualtemperature and rainfall by 2050
    7. 7. Determining Climate Vulnerable “Hot Spot Transition Zones”Ecozones
    8. 8. Determining Climate Vulnerable “Hot Spot Transition Zones”Top commercial cropsVietnam Laos Thailand CambodiaRice, paddy Rice, paddy Rice, paddy Rice, paddyCoffee, green Maize Rubber CassavaCashew nuts, with shell Coffee, green Cassava MaizeCassava Tobacco, Sugar cane Bananas Fruit trees: Bananas and Traditional crop varieties Wild plants mangoes  Rice (more than 13,000  Cardamom, identified in Lao  Rattan and bamboo Vegetables: Sweet potatoes,  Eggplant (more than 3000  Orchids tomatoes, beans, chilli in Lao)  Mushrooms  Papaya Subsistence crops  Banana (centre of origin) Crop wild relatives  Lowland and upland rice  Mango (centre of origin)  Glutinous rice (centre of  Cassava  Pineapple origin  Maize  Water melon  Eggplant (centre of origin)  Peanuts  Passion fruits Centre of origin for: coconut palm, sugarcane, clove, nutmeg, black pepper, onion, cucumber
    9. 9. Determining Climate Vulnerable “Hot Spot Transition Zones”
    10. 10. Determining Climate Vulnerable “Hot Spot Transition Zones”
    11. 11. Determining Climate Vulnerable “Hot Spot Transition Zones”
    12. 12. Community Development through a Climate Lens
    13. 13. Extreme Weather Events
    14. 14. Upcoming Events• Penultimate Study Results Presented to regional experts for input (January)• Field geographies finalized and presented to USAID for approval (November)• Call for proposals released for community adaptation initiatives (December)• Award Subcontracts to implementing groups (Jan-March)• Kick off of field initiatives (April)
    15. 15. Thank You

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