USAID Mekong ARCC Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study: Main Report

Created: 3/07/2014 -


The USAID Mekong ARCC project is a five- year project (2011-2016) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) in Bangkok and implemented by Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) in partnership with International Centre for Environmental Management (ICEM) and World Resources Institute (WRI). The project focuses on identifying the environmental, economic, and social effects of climate change in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB), and on assisting highly exposed and vulnerable rural populations in ecologically sensitive areas increase their ability to adapt to climate change impacts on water resources, agricultural and aquatic systems, livestock, ecosystems, and livelihood options.

The USAID Mekong ARCC project includes five major technical initiatives in addition to overarching program management. These are:

  1. The Regional Platform Partner and Knowledge Center;
  2. The Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study;
  3. Ecosystem and Community-based Adaptation Initiatives;
  4. Valuing Ecosystem Services in Economic Planning for the Lower Mekong River Basin; and
  5. Scaling-Up Successful Approaches.

This report summarizes the results of the USAID Mekong ARCC project's second technical initiative, the Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study (Mekong Climate Study).

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Sector Addressed
Disaster Risk Management
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Culture / communities
Fishery harvest
Flow patterns
Growing season
Habitat extent
Phenological shifts
Range shifts
Species of concern
Water quality
Water supply
Sociopolitical Setting

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