adelphi kicks-off support for collaborative climate adaptation at the Mekong

Climate change is a tough challenge for the Lower Mekong Basin. With the need for effective adaptation strategies becoming ever more paramount, adelphi supports the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in developing a transboundary climate change database.


At the kick-off meeting in Vientiane, Laos, at the beginning of April, adelphi discussed a concept for this comprehensive database with experts from the Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative (CCAI). Together with our project partner, the Dutch consultancy FutureWater, adelphi will review existing indicators and monitoring systems and develop tailored recommendations for the CCAI.

The CCAI was established in 2009 by the MRC in order to foster an integrated approach to climate change adaptation planning in the region. Against this background, the central climate change database is intended to concentrate knowledge on essential and feasible indicators for monitoring climate change, its socio-economic impacts, and the status of adaptation interventions. In this way, the database will contribute to deepen the transboundary cooperation in climate- and water-related issues between the riparian states Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.