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Thai flooding: disaster risk reduction dialogue


By dxw

A meeting to highlight the potential increase in severe weather events; an expected result of climate change, and the devastating impact of earthquakes such as in Japan, China and South Asia.

Disaster risk reduction in Asia: identifying and maximising opportunities for action

12 – 14 December 2011, Pattaya, Thailand (WP1125)

Held in partnership with the Asia Disaster Preparedness Center


The conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia finally took place in Pattaya, Thailand in December, having been postponed from November ironically because of floods. In addition, Wilton Park chaired a media panel discussion in Bangkok at the Foreign Correspondents Club to highlight key findings of the conference.

As Thailand emerges from its worst floods in decades, focus is once again on the huge impact of disasters and the urgent need to take action to reduce risks. The UN Climate Talks in Durban have recently highlighted the potential for climate change to cause increasingly severe weather events, multiplying the geological and hydro-meteorological risks to Asia.

A key objective of discussions will be to bring together key actors from Asia working on disaster preparedness and risk reduction at sub-national, national, regional and international level. Experts from the region and elsewhere will be discussing the priorities, including the mitigation of risk, and will consider sustainable strategies to be employed across Asia.

Although we had to postpone our originally planned meeting in Bangkok due to flooding, the BBC’s One Planet team still managed to record two podcasts on disasters in the region; a slight change of plan to the panel discussion which they were going to record at our meeting. Their podcast on Asia’s Next Disaster raises some of the issues we will be discussing in Pattaya. The BBC also recorded a podcast on Thailand’s floods.

You can view additional details via our forum page.

We are very pleased to be working in partnership with the Asia Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), who are celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Further information

News on Urban disasters meeting

News on Environmental emergencies meeting 

UNITAR – UNOSAT and partners discuss opportunities for action