Climate-sensitive flood water management in the Lower Mekong Basin
Large river basins are among the regions most at risk from climate change; that is especially the case with particularly densely populated regions like the Mekong Basin. In the last decade there has been an increase in the incidence of extreme high water levels in this region, causing much human suffering and material damage. According to accepted climate projections this trend is set to continue. The countries in the region need to adapt to changes in the climate. However, there are often no reliable modelling processes to forecast the risks and so demonstrate the specific adaptation requirements for natural and human systems. Moreover, many of the relevant institutions in the region are not trained in handling climate data and accordingly do not include it in their planning.
Adaptation measures designed to reduce flood risk, such as building dams or setting areas aside that can be flooded in the event of high water, also contribute in the long term to safe-guarding the incomes of the poorest sectors of the population and those most vulnerable to flooding. Moreover, the increased capacity of the relevant institutions in climate-sensitive flood prevention can also improve the environmentally sustainable use of water resources.
|Target countries:||Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam|
|Implementation:||Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenar-beit (GIZ) GmbH|
|Partners in the target countries:||Mekong River Commission (MRC)|
|BMU grant:||€ 3,151,281.31|
|Duration:||12/2010 to 12/2014|