High level talk on climate change adaptation planning in human settlements and security

Dr. Raweewan Bhuridej, Secretary General of Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), Mr. Anawat Suwannadej, Deputy Director General of Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning (DPT) and Mr. Heinrich Gudenus, Project Director of Risk-based National Adaptation Plan (Risk-NAP) talked on the possible collaborations for adaptive urban planning and climate resilient in the human settlement sector on 27 February 2018. The talk was a part of the workshop “Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Human Settlements and Security Sector:  Adaptive Urban Planning and Designing for Climate Resilient City – towards the New Urban Agenda”. 

In addition to the increasing socio-economic movements that influence city development, climate hazards such as floods, heat wave and sea level rises are emerging concerns at all scales, given that consequences of climate change impact directly on urban dwellers, urban eco-system, urban infrastructure and services. Therefore, adaptive urban and spatial planning is needed.  Strengthening resilience in cities and implementing adaptation measures are the principal commitment in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The key factor of the urban and spatial planning development is human settlement.

This 2nd workshop was held to establish network, knowledge platform and exchange ideas on the current tools and existing adaptation measures in response to multi climate hazards. The session started with the talk between Dr. Raweewan Bhuridej, Mr. Anawat Suwannadej and Mr. Heinrich Gudenus. The potential collaborations between the two key organizations and possible contributions for increasing climate resilience in the human settlement sector through adaptive urban planning and designing were the topic of discussion. Andaman coast was selected as pilot area for the regional scale.

The discussion highlighted consequences of climate change risks and impact on the urban system and importance of long term urban and spatial planning that need to consider climate uncertainties. Urban adaptation responses and relevant climate change adaptation tools and structural and non-structural measures were demonstrated through international cases. Key considerations, challenges, opportunities and current urban development trends in the context of Thailand was presented in order to encourage stakeholders to address climate risks and review the existing urban and spatial development planning. 

Urban and spatial planners from DPT, practitioners from comprehensive planning bureau, national and regional planning bureau, town & country planning engineering bureau as well as government officials from other relevant agencies such as Department of Health, Department of Tourism attended the workshop. They reviewed and discussed on the current adaptation plan, measures and existing tools used in addressing climate change risks. The suggestions for the improvement towards being climate resilient city were also proposed. 

Facts & Figures
According to World Bank (2015), urbanization rate in Thailand is estimated at around 45 percent in 2010 - moderately increased as compare to other countries in South East Asia.


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