Strengthening the Capacity of Vulnerable Coastal Communities to address the Risk of Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events


Climate Change

Thailand is prone to a number of climate-related risks including intense rainfall, drought, tropical storms and cyclones, windstorms and storm surges. Coastal communities whose livelihoods depending on coastal and marine resources are the most vulnerable community. These communities do not generally participate actively in decisions concerning coastal zone management and development, and often lack the knowledge and skills needed to engage effectively in policy advocacy, particularly in the context of climate change adaptation. The project aims to develop mechanisms for communities to identify and articulate their climate risk reduction priorities.

Role of UNDP

UNDP Thailand will take primary responsibility for the following functions with technical support from the Regional Technical Advisor for Climate Change Adaptation: 1. Support project start up and inception; 2. Provide implementation oversight, assurance, supervision, monitoring, technical backstopping and support, trouble shooting, problem solving; 3. Financial oversight, receipt of funds from donor, verifying expenditures, advancing funds, issuing combined delivery reports, ensuring annual audits, financial closure, return of unspent funds, donor financial reporting; 4. Oversight of mid-term, final and other independent evaluations; 5. Project Closure and Evaluation, disposal of assets; 6. Systems, IT infrastructure, branding, learning, dissemination, knowledge transfer.

Expected Outcomes

Increased knowledge and awareness of climate-related risks and impacts in vulnerable coastal communities: UNDP will help remove the barriers to community-based adaption planning by building capacity and improving local knowledge in three target provinces of southern Thailand.  The project will work with targeted coastal communities on formulating Climate Risk Reduction (CRR) Action Plans through participatory and gender-sensitive assessments of climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation options.

Increased climate risk management and disaster preparedness capacity in vulnerable coastal communities: UNDP will support small-scale grants to target communities to help them implement risk reduction measures identified in their Climate Risk Reduction Action Plans. Adaptation efforts will be monitored over the life of the project. Good practices and lessons learned will be documented and distributed to planners and decision-makers at all levels.

Integration of climate change adaptation into provincial development plans and sector policies:  With the help of UNDP, it will be possible to demonstrate how community-based climate change adaptation can be supported through provincial development planning. The project will help DDPM integrate climate change risk reduction into its next Master Plan for 2015-2019 and into the Provincial Disaster Management Plans of the three target provinces.

Project knowledge captured, disseminated and replicated through dedicated follow-up activities:  Through a participatory process, the project will generate a range of valuable lessons learned and additional knowledge on different aspects of community-based coastal adaptation.  The project will help to ensure that knowledge is systemically captured and analyzed and widely distributed both within Thailand and internationally through various networks and web platforms, including the global Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM), the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre and the regional Adaptation Knowledge Platform.