Reducing disaster risk in South and South East Asia
5 November, 2013
In partnership with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) we are hosting a high level, two day discussion on managing urban flood risk in Southeast Asian river deltas.
Challenges in flood risk management in urban areas of river deltas in South and South East Asia
Wednesday 6 November – Thursday 7 November 2013 (WP1257)
One in 15 people in the world live in river delta regions and are vulnerable to river and sea flooding. This vulnerability is especially pronounced for those living in delta areas in South and Southeast Asia, along the banks of the Mekong, Chao Phraya, Irawaddy and Ganges-Brahmaputra Meghna. As urbanisation continues to concentrate populations in ever expanding cities, the potential impact of flooding in these deltas increases exponentially.
The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, in partnership with Wilton Park and with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has convened a two day, high level meeting designed to foster increased regional collaboration and to identify collective strategies to minimize flood risk in urban areas.
The meeting will be opened by HE Mr Yukol Limlamthong, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Royal Thai Government; HE U Nyan Tun Aung, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Myanmar and Dr Dao Xuan Hoc, former Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam.
HE Katja Nodgaard, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Bangkok; Mr Hans Guttman, Chief Executive Officer, The Mekong River Commission and Dr Bhichit Rattakul, Special Adviser, ADPC will also attend an opening press conference at the head of the meeting.
Robin Hart, Wilton Park’s Director of Programmes and the conference co-facilitator commented “For 60 years Wilton Park has been bringing people together to find solutions to global problems. This week we hope to work towards common solutions to common problems shared within the river delta basins of Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.”