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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Lahad Datu’s Coastline in Sabah



Posted on 16 January 2018
Mengkabong river, Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
© James Morgan / WWF-US
Climate change has been an ongoing topic of discussion since the mid-20th century; it is seen and felt through changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services in both terrestrial and marine.

Some of the major issues caused by climate change are increased sea surface temperature, ocean acidification, increased frequency of storms, and sea level rise.

Communities living in the coastal areas are mostly affected by the effects of climate change. Factors that contribute to the effects of climate change on a coastal community are geographical attributes, health of the nearby ecosystems as well as the sediment type of the coastline. 

To measure the impacts and understand how a coastal community is affected by climate change, a vulnerability assessment tool - Coastal Integrated Vulnerability Assessment Tools (CIVAT) - was used in this study. 
 
Coastal Vulnerability Assessment for Climate Change in Lahad Datu was conducted by WWF-Malaysia in collaboration with University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) between April to May 2015. 

The purpose of the study was to have a better understanding on climate change and its impact on low-lying areas.

The objectives were to determine the vulnerability of coastlines and provide recommendations for climate change adaptation for the community in the coastal area of Lahad Datu, who are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
 
Mengkabong river, Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
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