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19.03.2012 THAI PBS AT THE FIRST ANNUAL COASTAL FORUM ON BUILDING RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN COASTAL SOUTHEAST ASIA
THAI PBS AT THE FIRST ANNUAL COASTAL FORUM ON BUILDING RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN COASTAL SOUTHEAST ASIA
On 29 February – 2 March 2012, Thai PBS joined the First Annual Coastal Forum on Building Resilience to Climate Change in Coastal Southeast Asia organized by International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Around the world coastal communities are struggling to understand what climate change means for them and what they should do about it. Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam are among the most vulnerable in the world to the impacts of climate change. Higher sea levels, coastal erosion, stronger and more frequent cyclones, warmer sea surface temperatures and increased high intensity rainfall and floods threaten the way of life of 20 million inhabitants of the coastal areas.
To address these issues, the forum was organized as a platform for over 200 participants including community representatives, NGOs, government agencies, academics, and media representatives from Cambodia, Thailand, and Viet Nam to share their experiences and gather their efforts in tackling climate change issues. The forum provided opportunities for participant to learn how climate change impacts coastal areas, how nature can be used to address these issues and the role of communities in leading change. Participants also learned from local communities at field trips in Chanthaburi Province.
"The Coastal Forum is an exciting mixture of people from the community level, local, provincial and national governments, and technical specialists in a very rich exchange of learning.” says Robert Mather, Head of IUCN’s Southeast Asia Group. "What we are seeing here is mix of scientific research on what can be done, combined with examples of what local people are already doing. This learning needs to be taken up in the development agenda’s of these countries and expanded in broader geographic areas.”
Ms.Darin Klong-ugkara, Thai PBS’ news reporter specializing on natural disaster management, was invited to be a keynote speaker in the session ‘Communicating Climate Change, and the Role of the Media’ along with other speakers from Cambodia and Vietnam. She shared her experience during the flood crisis last year. Thai PBS news teams were dedicated to surveying and reporting from the actual affected areas, which provided us accurate information of flood levels and the consequences. Supports from experts and civil networks also contribute to our success; creative and comprehensive infographics such as those by Fight Flood group helps the audience to understand the situation more easily. Learning from the flood crisis, Thai PBS news department adapts itself by creating a news section specializing on disaster management so that we are best prepared to cope with future challenges.