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Mekong countries must prepare or face
Deep and immediate cuts in green house gas emis-
sions are vital to prevent the worst
impacts of climate change. Nevertheless, some
impacts are inevitable and some have already
All the CO2 pumped into the atmosphere during
the last 200 years has committed the Earth to at
least another 0.8C temperature increase over the
next century. This is why action on global climate
change is critical now.
"Our children and grandchildren will never
forgive us unless action is taken. Time is running
out, we only have two months before
Copenhagen." Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime
Minister of Thailand, keynote speech
UNFCCC meeting Bangkok.
The Greater Mekong region must take decisive
action and prepare for the inevitable impacts of
climate change today, otherwise face devastating
A region-wide commitment to address the threats
projected for the coastal, freshwater and terres-
trial ecosystems is vital. Coordination and col-
laboration among stakeholders is fundamental to
reducing stresses on natural resources and people.
Sharing information is also critical to build capac-
ity and understanding.
People, culture and ecosystems have a right to
survive. There are a number of policy actions,
which if adopted by the regions leaders, will help
the Greater Mekong countries minimize the crisis
for current and future generations.
"As a country that emits a
relatively negligible level of greenhouse gases,
we are nonetheless committed to playing a part
in the global effort to address climate change."
Dr Thongloun Sisoulith, Lao PDR Deputy Prime Min-
ister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vientiane Times
2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Asia's first regional climate change adapta-
To help Greater Mekong nations prepare for
the inevitable impacts of climate change, this
" Emphasize ecosystem-based adaptation
approaches that maintain the resilience of the
" Strengthen existing governance structures
and ensure participation of all stakeholders
in preparing for climate change
" Act now to use existing knowledge to
address climate change
" Include mitigation in adaptation strategies
" Ensure adequate resources are available for
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WWF Greater Mekong Programme. The Greater Mekong and Climate Change: Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Development at Risk, text, October 2009; Chulawich 1 Building, 5th Floor Chulalongkorn University Henri Dunant Road Bangkok, 10330, Thailand. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc226573/m1/4/: accessed January 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .