By 2050, the United Nations predicts 64% of Asia’s population will live in urban settings. With growing population and rapid urban growth, most Asian countries are now facing the consequences of the unplanned urbanization, where open green spaces and wetlands are now covered in cityscapes. Therefore, heavy rain has nowhere to go, and floods are continuing become a major challenge for the countries in the region.
Bedoshruti Sadhukhan, who has been working with ICLEI since 2007, is now their Senior Programme Coordinator − Sustainability Management. With more than 10 years' experience in the environmental field, she stressed that communication plays the key part in city planning.
“Bangkok is a fascinating city.” Saengroaj opened up the conversation. He was born and grew up in Thonburi, the old capital of Thailand, which is located on the western side of the current capital Bangkok. He spent most of his childhood and youth, from primary school to college, in Bangkok.
This month, Jorge Carrillo Rodriguez an independent researcher and former member of United Nations who has more than 30 years of experience in social development and poverty reduction shared his view about the potential for new governance arrangements for effective urban climate change resilience.
Despite infrastructure development through normalized flood canal, improved drainage system and built Jatibarang reservoir that has been done by Semarang's government, the city continues to be at a great risk of flooding because of climate change and urbanisation. Zurich Flood Resilience Program improved the capacity of the communities who live in flood prone areas.