Integrated Community-based Adaptation in the Mekong Delta (ICAM)
CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE MEKONG DELTA Vietnam is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change. Increasingly erratic conditions pose new challenges for the majority of the 17 million residents of the Mekong Delta, who rely on natural resources for their livelihoods. The ability to adapt to climate change is therefore essential for both the survival and development of these communities.
Through ICAM, CARE works with women and men who are most at risk from the impacts of climate change and natural hazards, to increase the resilience of communities in the Mekong Delta.
Target beneficiaries: Over 3,000 women and 2,000 men living in poverty, and who are at risk from the impacts of climate change: particularly women, the land-poor, and the landless.
Location: 33 villages in 5 communes in An Giang and Soc Trang provinces, in the Mekong.
Partner: Vietnam Women’s Union, Centre for Rural Communities Research and Development.
Timeframe: July 2012 - December 2015.
Communities and local authorities plan for community-based climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Community plans then inform government socio-economic development and sectoral planning, within sectors such as disaster risk reduction, agriculture, and health.
Communities, especially those most at risk from the impacts of climate change, have improved resilience: their livelihoods are more robust and diversified; and they are more aware of climate change, its impacts, and what to do about it.
Project learnings, a strengthened civil society, and capacity of authorities, provide a foundation for the scaling-up of community-based, equitable, and gender-sensitive adaptations.
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