BANGKOK (NNT) - The Office of the National Water Resources (ONWR), the Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, and their German partner held a meeting on addressing climate change through large-scale water management projects including those associated with the Mekong River.
ONWR Secretary-General Dr. Somkiat Prachamwong indicated today that the meeting had discussed various water management initiatives suggested by the two agencies, as well as those between Thai organizations and the German Corporation for International Cooperation, commonly known as “GIZ”, through the Thai-German Climate Programme (TGCP) framework.
The initiative aims to develop sustainable water sources under the influence of climate change.
According to Dr. Somkiat, the agencies recognize the various threats of climate change and are exploring the idea of implementing Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation (EbA) to develop suitable water management programs for Thailand.
EbA involves a wide range of ecosystem management activities intended to increase resilience and reduce the vulnerability of people and the environment to climate change, starting with people in small communities, through to the larger population.
The Secretary-General also revealed that the agencies are planning to integrate anti-climate-change plans in large-scale water management projects, Lower Mekong water management programs, and initiatives to do with the United Nations’ 6th and 13th Sustainable Development Goals: that aim to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, and to take urgent action to combat climate change and its many impacts.