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A New Network for Building Resilient Cities in Thailand

A New Network for Building Resilient Cities in Thailand
08/04/2016

Thailand

Showing awareness of the rising threat climate change poses for their country, mayors and deputy mayors from 15 municipalities in Thailand have committed to reduce disaster risks and greenhouse gas emissions in order to strengthen the resilience of their cities.

Supported by DELGOSEA’s main partner in Thailand, the National League of Municipalities in Thailand (NMT), The ‘Low Carbon and Disaster Resilient Cities in Thailand’ initiative marks the first time that municipality-level actions in the country are being integrated to tackle the interlinked challenges of climate change and increasing disaster risks, which pose a threat to sustainable and resilient development.

The 15 municipalities also signed up to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR) Making Cities Resilient campaign – made up for more than 3,000 cities worldwide – as part of their commitment to reduce the number of deaths and people affected from disaster as well as the level of economic losses. 

This initiative forms part of the plan of the government of Thailand to meet its ambitious target of reducing emissions by 20-25% by 2030, which it had set at the COP21 international climate change conference in Paris last December. Among the actions to be taken is the setting of local targets to curb greenhouse gas emissions. This initiative will also contribute to the implementation of Thailand’s 2015-2020 National Plan for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation as well as the global targets of the Sendai Framework, the global blueprint for achieving risk-sensitive and resilient development by 2030.

The campaign will focus on sharing best practices amongst the participating cities, along with self-assessment based on a series of benchmarks. Areas under scrutiny include a city’s budget, how critical infrastructure is handled, policies to ensure all members of the community are included in risk planning, the safety of schools and health facilities, risk-compliant building regulations and land use, protection of ecosystems, and early warning systems.

The Thai municipalities were selected from more than 70 that expressed interested in the initiative, which is a collaboration project between the National League of Municipalities of Thailand, UNISDR, Thailand Green House Gas Management Organization and the Thai Cycling Club.

For more information and the full article by Hang Thi Thanh Pham, please see: http://www.unisdr.org/archive/48369