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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Urban Development Planning for Asian Coastal Cities

The workshop clarified the current information/knowledge gaps and challenges, and identified future research opportunities for addressing climate change related risks and vulnerability assessments in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Manila and Mumbai.

Funding source: Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
Project leader : Assistant Professor Dr. Anond Snidvongs
Researchers: R.Fuchs,S.Cheema,N.Mimura,J.Birkmann,A.Luzaga,S.Cutter,R.ones,B.T.Sinh ,L.V.Huy,N.Lewis,G.McBean
Timeframe: October 2009 - August 2010
Period: 12 Months
Status: Completed

Workshop objectives included:

  1. Helping develop capacity on the part of urban planners ,managers ,and researchers in climate change vulnerability assessment and application to urban development planning and governance;
  2. Promoting locally-led vulnerability research in Asian coastal cities linked to user needs ;
  3. Helping develop partnerships between researchers, planners and policy makers,and to develop “communities of knowledge” for vulnerability assessment in each participating city

Activities included a two week workshop, building on the “Cities at Risk” workshop and recent studies of Asian cities sponsored by ADB, World Bank, and JICA. Participants consisted of teams drawn from potential target cities, including but not restricted to: Bangkok (Thailand), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Jakarta (Indonesia), Karachi ( Pakistan), Manila (Phillipines), Mumbai (India), Shanghai and Hong Kong in China’s Pearl River Delta Region.

1) Workshop proceeding, including individual city reports
2) An increase in capacity, on the part of Asian Coastal cities represented in the workshop, to deal with climate impact, risk and vulnerability assessment
3) A subsequent increase in locally-led policy-relevant research on vulnerability of Asian coastal cities
4) )Development of partnerships between university and governmental agencies in each urban area
5) Initial development of regional networks of researchers, with international partners, to share findings, experiences, and practices


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Cities at Risk Workshop, Nakhon Pathom, 22-28 August 2010
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Dr. Anond Snidvongs and Mr. Vorapol Doundlomchan from the Khok-kham community
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Local community area regularly impacted by flooding (Samut Sakhon)
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Marine and coastal resources research center (Samut sakhon)
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Mr. Vorapol Doundlomchan talking to the workshop participants
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