Bangkok Unveils First City Resilience Strategy to Build More Prepared, Livable, Competitive Capital
BANGKOK, THAILAND – Bangkok today unveiled Resilient Bangkok, a comprehensive strategic roadmap to promote urban resilience in Thailand’s capital city. Jakkapan Pewngam, Deputy Governor of Bangkok, alongside Ms. Suwanna Jungrungrueng of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Dr. Supachai Tantikom, Bangkok’s Chief Resilience Officer and Lauren Sorkin, Regional Director, Asia Pacific for 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) led an event to discuss the strategy and its implementation with members of government, community groups and businesses at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. The strategy, an effort led by the City of Bangkok with support from 100RC, proposes concrete actions to build citywide resilience, including plans for improved resilience to floods; a safe, accessible and convenient transportation network; facilitating a city and community-based economy; and strengthening institutional capacity and regulation.
Resilient Bangkok was developed in consultation with the more than 50 grassroots district organizations in the City of Bangkok. Bangkok Metropolitan Administration also conducting a wide range of consultation meetings and engaged different stakeholders and organizations including Chulalongkorn University and the Graduate School of the Environment. Through this process, Bangkok built a consensus and determination for the city’s approach to resilience and prioritized actions and initiatives that will increase urban resilience.
Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, said “With climate change, population growth, and increasing population density, learning to live with water in new and different ways is one of our most urgent tasks, along with conserving the natural environment. Given the scope and severity of these resilience challenges, we cannot implement sustainable and long-lasting resilience solutions on our own. To provide our city and its residents with the opportunities, security and quality of life they long for and deserve, we need all our city organisations, and residents to work together towards shared priorities. This Resilience Strategy outlines these priorities. It is a collection of responses to our most important issues and a call to action to our city to get involved in their implementation.”
“With more people than ever before living in, and engaging with our city, it is a critical time for us to break the cycle of reacting to problems and set out on a more deliberate course to ensure that our city is resilient.” said Dr. Supachai Tantikom, Bangkok’s Chief Resilience Officer. “The strategy, with its comprehensive approach to resilience building, will enable our city to grow not only bigger but stronger and smarter. This strategy outlines a vision for a more livable, prepared and competitive Bangkok and takes into account the needs of all citizens starting with the most vulnerable ensuring that every citizen has a place and voice in our city.”
“With this strategy the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is embedding a lasting capacity for the city to build resilience. It’s focus on inclusive decision making and project design empowers the city’s poor and vulnerable and gives communities the tools to grow and thrive on the own terms,” said Lauren Sorkin, Regional Director, Asia Pacific for 100 Resilient Cities. “This marks a new chapter in Bangkok’s development and will also serve as a valuable best practice for other cities to emulate.
Resilient Bangkok focuses on three interconnected areas for action, each with its own goals, initiatives and projects to strengthen the city and its communities:
- Increasing Quality of Life: Bangkok will be a city with provisions for all, making it a more pleasant and accessible place to live and work. Key actions to support this vision include: screening for diabetes and high blood pressure in adults, improving the working and living conditions of migrant workers and improved public transport.
- Reducing Risk and Increasing Adaptation: Bangkok will prepare its citizens to better adapt to natural and human hazards and the increasing risks posed by climate change. Key actions to support this vision include waste collection from canal communities, improved drainage across the city and youth education for disaster safety.
- Driving A Strong and Competitive Economy: Bangkok will drive a strong and competitive economy through economic diversification, both in terms of industries and in employment opportunities for all residents. Key actions to support this vision include promoting and supporting urban agriculture, skills development programs for tourism operators and financial and social support for vulnerable communities.
As a member of the 100RC Network, Bangkok has access to services, tools, and expertise from the 100RC Platform of Partners, comprised of leading private, public, academic, government, and NGO sector leaders, including SwissRe, Akzo Nobel, CSIRO, the World Bank, and the World Resources Institute. 100RC Platform Partners assist member cities with tools and services that facilitate the planning and implementation of their strategy process. Bangkok will be able to tap into the tools and services on the Platform, which are currently valued at over US$250 million, in order to support the implementation of the Resilient Bangkok strategy.
The full Resilient Bangkok strategy is available here: www.100resilientcities.org/Bangkok
For further information, please contact:
aknapp@100RC.org / +65 8168 9481
About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation
100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each member city who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a resilience strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org