Partner Session

Robust Decision Making:
Strengthening inclusive climate change adaptation decision making


Date and time (ICT) To be decided by the organizers
Partner Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Asia
Associate partner(s)
Title Robust Decision Making: strengthening inclusive climate change adaptation decision making
Objective(s) 1.   To share the advantages and limitations of the methodology, encourage cross-country and cross-sectoral learning and

2.   To explore the opportunities for RDM and similar approaches to lead to more resilient and inclusive outcomes in the adaptation process.

Abstract Decision making under climate change has been described as a “super wicked” problem due to severe uncertainty about the future state of the environment. There is a growing consensus that developing effective solutions will require the engagement of a range of stakeholders and the incorporation of different types of knowledge.
Within the sub-theme “inclusive and participatory approaches for adaptation”, this session will present the Robust Decision Making (RDM) methodology – an iterative and participatory approach which Stockholm Environment Institute and partners have successfully applied in the Mekong region to support long-term policy analysis and planning.

The session will present applications of the methodology, demonstrating how it can be adapted to different needs and contexts. We highlight cases related water security and agricultural development including in Prek Thnot River Basin in Cambodia, the Chindwin River Basin in Myanmar, and multiple locations in Northern Thailand. The session will also include a participatory exercise, leading the audience through the RDM process with a hypothetical example.

Mode of delivery In-person
Contact person Dr. Thanapon Piman