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Community Resilience Tool Identifies Adaptation Options for Communities in Cambodia and Viet Nam

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A community resilience tool was developed and piloted to support climate change adaptation within existing development planning pathways. The framework included 39 key questions based around the outcomes related to livelihoods and environment, infrastructure, community, and climate change and disaster management.

The study finds that in rural Lvea Krang (Cambodia) community outcomes were most concerning, limited by ineffective collaboration, and plan implementation funding. In peri-urban Chamkar Samrong, all outcomes except climate and disaster management were of concern, with plan implementation funding and information the most limiting factors. In peri-urban Thuy Thah Commune (Viet Nam), climate and disaster management were most concerning, with plan implementation funding the most significant contributor. In rural Vinh Hai commune, livelihood and environment outcomes were of most concern but again, plan implementation funding and information contributed to poorer outcomes. Building resilience requires context-based consideration of desired outcomes and factors that affect them. Our assessment tool provides a simple and cost-efficient means for monitoring the long-term effectiveness of un-coordinated aid donor projects in supporting community-based adaptation to climate change.

The project developed a community resilience assessment framework, a community resilience assessment methodology, a process for community resilience policy dialogues, tools to support community resilience assessment and community resilience assessment guidebooks, and other publications prepared for use by local communities.

The project delivered a piloted tool for assessing community resilience, identified areas to improve resilience in four communes in Cambodia and Viet Nam, and identified adaptation options based on resilience assessment in four communes.

The project was led by Dr Chris Jacobson, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, in collaboration with researchers, governmental officials or practitioners from Hue University, Viet Nam; University of Battambang, Cambodia; FAO Cambodia; Ptea Teuk Dong, Cambodia; Battambang and Siem Reap Provincial Governments, Cambodia; Chamkar Samrong and Lvea Krang Commune Council, Cambodia; University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia; and University of Nagoya, Japan.

About This Project

This project was funded by APN grant CAF2015-RR18-NSY-Jacobson. For outputs and detailed information about the project, please visit