The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the governments of Thailand and Japan today launched two projects which will help Thailand strengthen community-based disaster risk management, and support efforts to enhance financial inclusion in low income communities.
The humble shrimp has become the most precious seafood product in the world. According to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization World Review of Fisheries and Aquaculture, it now accounts for 15 per cent of the total value of internationally traded fisheries products.
Flash floods and landslides caused by tropical storm Shanshan have forced school closures and inundated several communities across parts of the lower South. Downpours have lashed five districts of Phatthalung for several days, triggering heavy run-off that flooded more than 2,000 homes and damaged more than 10,000 rai of farmland. The districts are Kong Ra, Si Nakharin, Khuan Khanun, Khao Chaison and Muang. Read more: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/337822/shanshan-floods-cripple-south
In the aftermath of the destructive monsoon, plans were put forward for various flood-prevention schemes across Bangkok. These ranged from building dams and reservoirs to developing huge new artificial waterways. The owners of one flooded industrial estate began building a 77km concrete wall around the factories, to help keep out future floodwaters. Now, a new idea has been put forward that seeks to harness natural processes to turn the menace of floodwater into an opportunity.
Map Ta Phut, home to 117 industrial plants that include 45 petrochemical factories, eight coal-fired power plants and 12 chemical factories, dominated the national news in 2009 and 2010 following a successful court case by a local environmentalist to shut the estate. Community-based small-scale tourism, a new money-spinner for the province, will be affected if big industries move in, warns Surajit Chirawet, former head of the province’s chamber of commerce. This has become an important lifeline for us.