Report #1: Water Budget Estimation for Agricultural Communities in Laos (March 2013)

Enhancement of water management opportunities will increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of agricultural communities to climate change, and help achieve Lao National Socio-Economic Development Plan’s goals. The mission on “Effective Water Management and Water Harvesting for Agriculture Adaptation to Climate Change” was mobilized by the IRAS project in order to assess opportunities for strengthened water management and water harvesting for target districts and provinces in Lao PDR and recommend measures to prepare for the uncertainties in water availability caused by Climate Change. This is the first of three reports which together provide climate change adaptation analyses and recommendations for government policy and community level technical implementation guidelines in the target districts of Xayaboury and Savannakhet Provinces. This first report (“Water Budget Estimation for Agricultural Communities in Laos”) presents a technical geospatial methodology for estimating water availability in the target areas using globally available climate data that was developed in the months prior to the start of the field Mission.