Mekong Protected Areas and Climate Change – Implications for Livelihoods and Development

Bangkok, Thailand 7 to 9 October 2014

GMS environment stakeholders met in Bangkok this week to discuss the impacts of climate change on protected areas and look at best-practice responses to safeguard biodiversity and local livelihoods.

More than 60 participants attended, including senior policy makers from environment agencies, protected area managers, and representatives from national and international conservation organizations.

The objectives of the workshop aimed to:

  • Improve knowledge of climate change impacts on protected areas and biodiversity in the GMS.
  • Share lessons and practical experiences of protected area managers in coping with climate change and other pressures on biodiversity.
  • Build capacity in the use of tools for climate change impact assessments and adaptation planning for natural systems.
  • Identify and develop effective climate change adaptation strategies (tools and policies) for protected areas.

As a next step, participants will implement country action plans to test and monitor approaches identified during the event. In November, a follow-up regional workshop will be held as a side event during the World Parks Congress in Sydney. 

Both workshops will feed into the development of knowledge and tools for the Protected Areas, Development, and Climate Change in the GMS (PAD2) project, which will commence in 2015. Key findings will also feed into GMS Economic Cooperation Program activities and events, including informing the upcoming Fourth GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting.

Main organizers of the Bangkok workshop were the International Centre for Environmental management, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the GMS Environment Operations Center.

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