This guideline is the first in a series developed by ICEM during the ‘Basin-wide Climate Change Impact and Vulnerability Assessment for the Wetlands of the Lower Mekong Basin for Adaptation Planning’ project for the Mekong River Commission. It draws on the experience of the project and provides guidance on climate change downscaling and hydrological modelling techniques and how to analyse and interpret the subsequent results.
This guidance is intended to be a reference resource aimed at teams conducting multi-disciplinary vulnerability assessments for Mekong wetlands and other natural systems. It is not a comprehensive manual which can be applied step-by-step for any climate change vulnerability assessments for natural systems.
The Rapid climate change assessment for wetland biodiversity: Guidance describes in detail three vulnerability assessment tools that can be downloaded with this report:
The purpose of the project was to undertake a climate change impact and vulnerability assessment of the wetlands in the Mekong basin and provide recommendations and options for effective adaptation at the regional level.