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Climate Adaptation in Wetland Areas of Lao PDR (CAWA)

The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Wetlands are vital for human survival. They are among the world’s most productive environments; cradles of biological diversity that provide the water and productivity upon which countless species of plants and animals depend for survival. Read more...

Tools and Methodologies

The project will use an ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) approach, whereby the ability of the wetlands to buffer local people livelihoods against Climate Change impacts will be safeguarded through a combination of improved planning and governance conditions, direct investments in climate change adaptation measures and some activities to strengthen their livelihood.

Lessons learned in the two wetlands regarding community-based vulnerability risk assessment and strategies for Climate Change Adaptation, based on principles of EBA and sustainable use will be replicable elsewhere in Lao PDR, the greater Mekong region and beyond. Read more...

Wetlands of International Importance

Lao PDR is intimately associated with one of the world’s major wetlands with the Mekong River system. The Mekong basin covers 88% of the country.

The functions and values of the wetlands in Lao are significant and are also of critical importance to the livelihoods of local communities.

September 2010: Lao PDR joined the Ramsar Convention as 160th Contracting Party. Two Wetlands are designated of International Importance:

Xe Champhone Wetland - Savannakhet Prov.
Ramsar area: 12,400 ha (main wetland area 45,000 ha).

Beung Kiat Ngong Wetland - Champasak Prov.
Ramsar area: 12,360 ha.