There’s a phrase in Vietnamese that Dr Vu Kim Chi likes to use “Đi một ngày đàng, học một sàng khôn” or “Travelling shapes a young man.” The proverb was originally intended for men, but that didn’t stop Chi from embracing its implication. Hailing from a family of cartographers, she grew up around maps, and dreamed of travelling.
Pakamas Thinphanga is happiest near the ocean. Or, more precisely, she is happiest in the ocean. Her love of diving in Thailand’s crystal blue waters brought her close to some of the most spectacular coral reef ecosystems anywhere in the world. It also made her realize how fragile such systems are, and introduced her to the complex interrelationships between humans and the natural world.
Phong realized that a technological approach would be insufficient unless it was accompanied by community engagement. From that point forward he decided to focus his efforts on combining his technical engineering knowledge with social understanding. Phong got formally involved with ACCCRN through ISET and had the opportunity to apply his skills in practice.
ACCCRN champion, Prof Luu Duc Cuong, strives to build government capacity for climate change issues. He aims to inform: ‘Policy interest begins with evidence’. Find out how he decided to work on climate change resilience.
In the 67 years that Dr Vikas Desai has spent in Surat, she has seen the city transform in subtle and significant ways - in its economy, infrastructure, population and governance systems. Surat’s most notable transformation, however, is from a town that gained international notoriety when it contracted the plague in 1994 to one of the only municipalities to have vector-borne disease surveillance through out the year.