Contributed by: Richard Friend, Senior Scientist, ISET-Thailand
In August 2012, the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), a regional program funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, brought representatives of cities from Vietnam to Thailand, to learn from the experience of the floods of 2011 that inundated several provinces in the Chao Praya Basin with devastating consequences.
The ACCCRN: Learning from Thailand’s Floods video captures this exchange. The countries have much in common. Vietnam has its own experience of heavy flooding, and like Thailand, is rapidly forging a path of urbanisation and industrialisation. The exchange allowed the cities to consider some of the root causes of the surrounding risks of flooding together, while also considering options for building resilience to future climate change. In particular the meeting raised the challenge of how to deal with a natural cycle of flooding, and the role that large scale infrastructure might play.