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Planning for climate change is a daunting challenge for governments in the Mekong Region.  Limited capacity at the municipal level, high rates of urbanization, rapid social and economic change, and geographic exposure to extreme events contribute to the vulnerability of urban populations and economic sectors. Climate change is described as a “wicked problem” because the nature of the problem is not easily defined, and the equity of policy solutions is contested. Research suggests that the best way to approach such problems is to create both intellectual and practical spaces that permit informed open dialogue.

This project seeks to enhance the economic and social resiliency of cities. Researchers will inform and facilitate public dialogues to strengthen urban populations’ resilience to climate change. Research will focus on eight medium-sized cities in the Lower Mekong region that have received little attention to date. With demographic growth, more and more urban residents are vulnerable to the physical consequences and the social and economic costs of climate change.

The Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership is co-led by the Thailand Environment Institute and the University of Toronto. Together with academic, local government, and civil society partners, the team will refine and apply tools for assessing vulnerability and building climate-resilient local governance in Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, and Vietnam.

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Duration::

Aug 1, 2014–July 31, 2019

Donor::

IDRC and SSHRC

Project Manager::

Dr. Pakamas Thinphanga

 
 
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