Project Description

> View and download the Strategic Environmental Assessment as a tool to improve climate change adaptation in the Greater Mekong Subregion Brief

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries of China, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia receive special mention in the IPCC reports as most vulnerable to climate change effects. The use of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as part of the development planning process provides an important opportunity to promote mitigation and adaptation measures in spatial and sector plans, however none of the existing SEA systems reviewed have detailed climate change provisions.

Regional donors such as Asian Development Bank and non-regional organisations such as OECD are rapidly developing guidance, policies, and experience that can be used to apply SEA as a climate change adaptation tool in GMS. This paper assesses lessons learned from current SEAs in GMS and concludes with seven measures for action by GMS governments and the international community.