Chiang Rai City, Thailand


Chiang Rai at a Glance:

The cooperation between neighbouring local governments to address shared needs, illustrated by the local governments of Yagyakarta, Sieman and Bantul on Java, Indonesia, struck a chord with Chiang Rai, a city in Northern Thailand, that was looking for solutions to their solid waste management problem. The concept of different local government units (LGUs) working together proved highly relevant for that region, and a joint management committee – an administrative unit that had proved so successful in Indonesia – has been set up with a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the joint management of solid waste. Chiang Rai has also been very active in getting the support of the local community, by, among other activities, putting on a recycling show to promote waste separation at source.

Key Facts:

Name of Pilot City (Full-version): Chiang Rai City
Type of Local Government: Municipality
Country: Thailand
State/ province: Chiang Rai Province
Name of Mayor: Mr. Sompong Koolwong
Number of registered inhabitants: 67,176 (Apr 2009)




Chiang Rai City
Thematic Area: Institutional Governance
Replication of Best Practice: Cooperation between Local Governments to Address Shared Needs

Replication of Best Practice 5

(Thematic Area 2: Institutional Governance)

"Cooperation between Local Governments to Address Shared Needs", Kartamantul, Indonesia

Chiang Rai Documents

  • You want to learn more? Find the short  and extended versions of the transfer concept as well as other pilot city documents here.

Chiang Rai News on


Name: Ms. Suranit Ong-la
Position: Deputy Clerk
Phone: +66.853.711333,
Fax: +66.853.713272


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