UCRSEA Webinar Videos

On 29 November 2018, UCRSEA hosted a webinar on “Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia: Urgency, Knowledge and Innovation” and invited five experts and practitioners in Southeast Asia to share the latest knowledge development in the field and explore cutting-edge approaches. For those who missed it,  here are the edited videos of each presentation:




Dr. Yanjun Cai, UCRSEA Postdoctoral Fellow

Greening Cities in the Philippines 
Ragene Andrea Palma, an environmental planner from Manila, Philippines and a CNN writer/contributor, talks about the “Green, Green, Green Program” introduced by the Philippine government which provides assistance to over 140 participating cities “to make them more livable and sustainable through the development of public open spaces” and challenges in implementation. These include institutional open spaces, public squares, green parks, open parks, waterfronts and mangrove parks, projected to benefit 55,000-300,000 people and an average increase of 2.65% of public spaces in cities.

Green Building in Vietnam 
Tran Thi Bich Ngoc, Official at the Division of GHG Emission Reduction & Ozone Layer Protection, Department of Climate Change, discusses green building in Vietnam and how it has the potential for change in transforming housing and community lifestyle. She also cites success stories but at the same time speaks about obstacles to continued progress in this area.

Engaging the public in addressing climate change and energy issues in Vietnam through mass media and creative communications
Nguyen Thi Cat Tuong, Project Manager, CHANGEVN, shares her experiences in advocacy through the traditional mass and social media to influence government to change its policies, particularly on renewable energy development in Vietnam. While her organization ran a successful online campaign (i.e., “Stop Long An Power Plant”) to raise awareness on the adverse effects of coal plants on health and the environment, they faced issues in funding and with the government.

Challenges for Urban Resilience to Climate Change in Myanmar
U Win Myo Thu, Development Practitioner, looks at the environmental problems facing Yangon, a major city which is coming under increasing threats from pollution, severe weather and urbanization, and the approaches and innovations to address these.

Understanding resilience through interdependent systems – A case study of Thailand
Dr. Indrajit Pal, Assistant Professor & Chair, Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, presents a case study of resilience in Sakon Nakhon Province, which was severely flooded in 2017 and caused economic and environmental damage. He also describes the interventions to improve flood resilience.

Open Forum and Discussion
Dr. Yanjun Cai, Moderator