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Thailand | GCoM National Webinar in Thailand

17 January 2022 | The series of GCoM National Webinars in Southeast Asian countries concluded for cities in Thailand. Mr. Michel Mouchiroud, the European Union Delegation (EUD) to Thailand, thanked everyone involved in the GCoM Asia Project implementation in Thailand. He specifically thanked the National Municipality of Thailand (NMLT) for agreeing and promoting GCoM initiatives in Thailand cities. He particularly emphasised that in the battle against climate change and its consequent impacts, collaborative climate action is necessary to cultivate a better future for all of us.



Moderating the session was Mr. Hari Priyadi of the GCoM Southeast Asia Secretariat welcoming Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi to give her opening remarks. In her remarks, Dr. Bernadia also said that leaders must follow up on the pledges, treaties, and promises they have made in the past by translating them into action, which is impossible to be done alone. However, a daring task is actually feasible via the collaborative climate action of city leaders, one of which is through the function of the GCoM Southeast Asia Secretariat.



Following the introduction of the GCoM Asia Project from Ms. Asih Budiati, Thailand cities also presented their experience in dealing with climate change. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wichai Kanchanasuwan, Deputy Mayor of Hat Yai City, outlined four planned climate actions energy: transportation, waste, and green space. To fulfil their programmes, they plan to collaborate with various NGOs, universities, and international institutions.




Nakhon Si Thammarat City Municipality was represented by Dr. Vongvachira Ovararin, who said that the city aims to optimise Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (3R) method to reduce waste in the city. They also plan to collect garbage from all canals and save energy and gas. Since it would be impossible to do this alone, the city would require a lot of help to pull this off.




At the end of the session, NMLT and Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation (TGO) were given the floor to share their perspectives. Mr. Anuk Pitukthanin of NMLT mentioned that his organisation has assisted Thai cities in network development, raising awareness, and engendering and promoting best practices.




Mr. Thawatchai Saengkhamsuk of TGO also said that his organisation has currently built the low-carbon city programme from the bottom up and provides incentives for participating local governments. He also highlighted the main challenge for cities is to collect data; thus, relevant capacity building is needed.



Written and reviewed by: Rona Ikram Putri

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