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Mainstreaming climate change into community development strategies and plans: a case study in Thailand

According to this paper, climate change adaptation planning in Thailand has focused primarily on minimising the impact of future climate change. The resulting preoccupation with the uncertainty of climate change predictions has hindered the implementation of adaptation policies. This case study from Lao-oi district in Thailand demonstrates how climate change can be mainstreamed into a local community development plan. It explains how adaptation was incorporated into the plan to address risks and vulnerabilities associated with farming rice, the main source of livelihood in the community. The study finds that a paradigm shift toward mainstreaming climate change into development planning and away from addressing adaptation separately from development, can reduce the inaction of policymakers. By taking into consideration the range of possible risks and vulnerabilities that may arise, mainstreaming can reduce the reliance on certainty in predictions when developing plans for a community.