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Country Initiatives Details

Adaptation Research Initiative in Asia: Improving Flood Management Planning

Canada’s Total Contribution: $1,428,200

Targeted Countries: Thailand

Funding Period: 2011/2012

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

This contribution is part of Canada's $20 million fast-start contribution to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to support climate change adaptation projects in the water sector in Asia and in Latin America and the Caribbean. This initiative worked to improve Thailand's Flood Management Master Plan and provide evidence to inform better planning, coordination, and decision-making for safeguarding lives and livelihoods from flood events.

Results/Expected Outcomes

The drafting of a paper on the institutional aspects of water management was completed, documenting best practices and identifying successes and failures of central and local governments during the 2011 flooding event. Preliminary recommendations are being developed regarding how water management policy can be improved. This project also collected time series data for the years 1955-2011 to measure the impact of extreme events on rice production and yields, and an estimate of the future baseline conditions for rice production was undertaken. The team is currently performing analyses on the efficiency of irrigated water use, as well as conducting cost-benefit analysis of adaptation strategies used by farmers. Preliminary analysis of weather related data shows rainfall patterns are changing, with fewer consecutive wet days, yet more intense rainfall events.

Advisory Services: Alternative Energy Development in Thailand

Canada’s Total Contribution: $680,000

Targeted Countries: Thailand

Funding Period: 2010/2011

Project Funded through a Canadian Facility: IFC - Canada Climate Change Program (CCCP)

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Description

The IFC-Canada Climate Change Program financed advisory services to assist the Government of Thailand in developing sustainable clean energy projects. This assistance will accelerate the implementation of private sector investment in solar and wind energy and remove market barriers to further scale up renewable energy investments. The project’s main activities include policy recommendations, to refine and increase the implementation of renewable energy policies based on global best practices, and the design of sound business models for solar and wind energy projects by providing pre-feasibility services.

Results/Expected Outcomes

The project aims to accelerate private sector investment in solar and wind energy by improving the ease of implementation of renewable energy policies/licensing and exploring sound business models suitable to promote both large-scale and distributed solar and wind projects. With support from Canada, this project is expected to mobilize an additional $1.15 million in co-financing from public and private sources and lead to an estimated greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 14,300 metric tons of CO2 per year.*
Co-Financing/Mobilized Finance (CAD$): $1,148,000
Estimated GHG (metric tons of CO₂) Reduction Associated with Project (per year)Disclaimer *: 14,300

Adaptation Research Initiative in Asia: Inland Aquaculture and Adaptation to Climate Change in Northern Thailand

Canada’s Total Contribution: $1,234,000

Targeted Countries: Thailand

Funding Period: 2011/2012

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

This contribution is part of Canada's $20 million fast-start contribution to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to support climate change adaptation projects in the water sector in Asia and in Latin America and the Caribbean. This initiative explored how aquaculture practices should adapt to changing climatic conditions, as well as assesses the value of aquaculture as an adaptation strategy.

Results/Expected Outcomes

With support from Canada’s contribution, this project is developing practical indicators and management strategies in collaboration with farmers and district authorities, and is focused on aquaculture as an adaptation strategy. Researchers have held consultations with industry stakeholders, generating increased awareness of the climate-related risks to aquaculture in the region, particularly with respect to flooding and drought. Preliminary research results show that there is emerging consensus among practitioners and experts on the importance of managing dissolved oxygen for fish populations in aquaculture systems.

Integrated Disaster Risk Management

Canada’s Total Contribution: $5,370,000

Targeted Countries: Cambodia Indonesia Philippines Thailand Vietnam

Funding Period: 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015

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Description

This project aims to reduce the impact of disasters on vulnerable populations in Southeast Asia by providing support to governments and civil society to manage and reduce disaster risk. In doing so, the project also seeks to support economic growth and maintain the development gains already made in the region. Project activities involve support for reducing disaster risk and increasing resilience in communities, for example through the development of disaster risk financing, including insurance. In addition, this project demonstrates Canada’s dedication to climate change action in developing countries through the incorporation of viable, adaptive strategies into existing disaster risk management initiatives.

Results/Expected Outcomes

The expected intermediate results for this project include improved representation of community issues, including gender equality issues, in national disaster risk reduction policies, plans and programs. The project will also contribute to increasing the effectiveness of Southeast Asia regional disaster risk reduction cooperation mechanisms, such as the disaster risk reduction (DRR) goals of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which address the needs of vulnerable communities.
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