Water shortages is one of the impacts that climate change has had on the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). These shortages are related to droughts, which result in decreased agricultural yields, threatening food security through the sub-region. Furthermore, the income-generating capacity of water-dependent livelihood activities including freshwater fishing is reduced. Apart from declining incomes and livelihood options, decreased water availability in the GMS is detrimental to human and ecosystem health, leading to major humanitarian disasters in the region.  A decrease in the production of the region’s main staple, rice, is particularly problematic and as a result, prices will rise, which will further impact the lives and livelihoods of the GMS’s economically marginalized communities.

The proposed project will increase the resilience of beneficiary communities to the effects of droughts and floods by implementing a suite of adaptation interventions including inter alia:

  1. climate-resilient agriculture interventions;
  2. interventions to improve drought and flood management; and
  3. additional, climate-resilient livelihood options.

A monitoring programme established by the project will collect information on the cost-effectiveness of project interventions in different socio-ecological contexts in the GMS which will be shared with both local communities and regional stakeholders. Additionally, knowledge-sharing and awareness-raising in local communities surrounding project beneficiaries will be accomplished through inter alia:

  1. knowledge-sharing days;
  2. local field visits; and
  3. the dissemination of awareness-raising and training materials.

The overall objective of the proposed project is to strengthen awareness and action of governments and communities in the GMS to adapt to climate change using ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA).

Project Component 1: Demonstration of climate change adaptation interventions, with a focus on drought and flood management, in vulnerable communities and different ecosystems USD 4,800,000
Project Component 2: Regional knowledge base on climate change adaptation expanded in the GMS USD 638,709
Project Component 3: Regional cooperation on climate change adaptation USD 400,000
Project execution cost (including M&E) USD 612,903
Total project cost (execution included) USD 6,451,612
UNEP management fee USD 548,388
Grant Amount  USD 7,000,000


Project Documents

Attachment Type Size
Project document PDF 3 MB
Inception Report PDF 25 MB