City Studies

Sharing urban climate resilience knowledge in Hat Yai, Thailand - an interview with Dr Shiraz Wajih

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Urban climate change practitioners from cities across Asia gathered in the city of Hat Yai in the South Of Thailand, to share knowledge about the flood resilience measures that have been put in place in the city. Prone to flooding, Hat Yai has pioneered a successful approach to flood risk management, which puts as much emphasis on preparing the population for flooding as it does on preventing the floods from occurring in the first place.

Common Property Resource Management in Peri-Urban Villages of Gorakhpur

Stories from the field Author: Nivedita Mani, Ajay Singh, Shiraz Wajih

In Gorakhpur, India, common property resources (CPR) such as pastureland, water bodies, and orchards are victims of illegal encroachment by individuals, land developers or even disputed land conversion by government. Unplanned urban growth in peri-urban villages of Gorakhpur results from ignorance of laws governing CPR and weak enforcement of regulations by relevant government departments. City expansion in peri-urban villages exceeds environmental carrying capacity, and often ignores responsible stewardship of natural resources.