Published | 5th February 2013

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Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA)- Thailand

CARE Deutschland Luxemburg is implementing a 3 year project “Building coastal resilience to reduce climate change impact in Thailand and Indonesia”, which is funded by the European Commission, in cooperation with its partners, Raks Thai Foundation (RTF) and CARE International Indonesia. The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the capacity of coastal authorities and civil society organizations in Indonesia and Thailand in order to enhance community resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change in the target areas.

One output of the BCR CC project is the implementation of a participatory “Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis” in 16 coastal sub-districts in Southern Thailand. Governmental representatives and members of civil society organizations were trained by RTF to conduct the CVCA on community level. The project expects that the use of acquired community knowledge combined with available scientific data will lead to greater understanding about local impacts of climate change. This will help local stakeholders to understand the implications of climate change for their livelihoods, so that they are better able to analyse risks and plan for adaptation. The analytical framework, which is based on CARE’s CBA framework, presents a range of “enabling factors’” which must be in place at household/individual, community/local and national level in order for effective community-based adaptation to take place.

These enabling factors are linked to the four following strategies:

1) Promotion of climate-resilient livelihoods
2) Disaster Risk Reduction
3) Capacity development for local civil society and government institutions 4) Addressing the underlying causes of vulnerability.

The CVCA findings are separated into three parts. The first part presents the findings at national level from secondary data review and qualitative research from policy coordinating meetings. The second part illustrates the results from provincial, local and community level from key information interviews and output of focus group discussions in collaboration with government agencies and civil society organizations. Findings from the household level are based on primary data, which was gained in the quantitative baseline and is described in the third part of the findings section.

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