Thetis coordinated a World-Bank funded project aiming to identify and design adaptation measures for the Carmen-Pajonal-Machona coastal lagoon, located in Tabasco State, to increase its ecological and socio-economic resilience to climate change and current human activity impacts.

Initially the project analysed the current state of the lagoon system (littoral stability, lagoon hydrodynamics and contamination, ecosystem conservation, soil degradation, socio-economic aspects, infrastructure) considering available information and results of new field activities. Afterwards, climate change related impacts were assessed based on scenarios elaborated at the regional scale. The second phase of the project identified most vulnerable sites within the lagoon system and designed locally-based adaptation measures to current and future impacts. Given the great focus on local aspects, the project considered highly relevant the engagement of stakeholders and representatives of local communities, in particular to identify major impacts and select adaptation measures: two interactive workshops were realised to this scope. Finally, the project delivered recommendations for institutional strengthening in the field of climate change adaptation.