Climate Change Adaptation – Design of adaptation measures to reduce the vulnerability of the Carmen-Pajonal- Machona lagoon system (Tabasco) to human actives and climate change impacts

Thetis is the coordinator of a World-Bank funded project
aiming to identify and design adaptation measures for
the Carmen-Pajonal-Machona coastal lagoon, located
in the Tabasco State, to increase its ecological and
socio-economic resilience to climate change and current
human activity impacts. Initially the project foresees
the analysis of the current state of the following key
issues, based on available information and the results
of new field activities: littoral erosion and stability,
lagoon hydrodynamic and contamination, ecosystem
conservation, soil degradation in areas close to the
lagoon, socio-economic aspects and infrastructure.
Afterwards, climate change related impacts are
assessed based on climate change projections
elaborated at the regional scale.
The second phase of the project aims to identify most
vulnerable sites within the lagoon system and design
locally-based adaptation measures responding to
current and future impacts. Adaptation measures
are selected also through the analysis of options
implemented or under implementation
in similar contexts worldwide.
Given the great focus on local aspects, the project
considers highly important the involvement and
participation of stakeholders and representatives of
local communities, in particular to identify major impacts
and select the adaptation measures to be design: two
interactive workshops are realised to this scope.
Finally, the project is excepted to deliver
recommendations for institutional strengthening in the
field of climate change adaptation.

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