Climate change adaptation in Asian river basins

Growing bodies of literature reported the challenges posed by climate change related to extreme events to river basins are more and more obvious. This is typically because water-related issues are associated with a variety of socio-economic and environmental sectors including agriculture, industry, biodiversity, navigation, and tourism and so on. There are number of evidences that climate change has been happening and its impact can be seen now, and in many places in Asia climate-related events have been increasing in not only frequency but also extremeness. In fact, some areas may suffer intensive rainfalls, while others may experience much less rainfall, both ironically leading to floods and droughts, respectively. Therefore, adaptation to climate change impacts is gaining increasing relevance on the global and Asian political agenda. Adaptation to climate change is defined as initiatives and measures to reduce the vulnerability of natural and human systems against actual or expected climate change impacts. In other words, adaptation is to offset of the negative impacts of unpreventable climate change impacts through a range of human intervention at the vulnerable system.

With the presence of experts from Thailand and Pakistan, this workshop is aimed to share their experiences on climate change impacts on Asian river basins, adaptation measures to the challenges, and potential opportunities to be taken advantaged out of changes in climate.

  • Moderators

Dr. Sangam Shrestha, Email: sangam@ait.asia, The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

Dr. Chusit Apirumanekul, Email: chusit.apirumanekul@sei-international.org, Stockholm Environment Institute SEI’s Asia Centre, Thailand

  • Date & Venue

1:30pm – 4:30pm, March 04th, 2018

Blue Diamond Room 2, ALMAZ 1st Floor

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Session Duration 90min
Session plan in detail Order Estimated lead time (min) Presentation / Discussion topic Confirmed speakers
1 5 Introduction
2 15 Climate change impacts on water environment: Examples from Asian River Basins Dr. Sangam Shrestha

AIT, Thailand

3 15 Flood Risk Assessment under Climate Change Impacts in Vu Gia – Thu Bon River Basin, Vietnam Dr. Duc H. Nguyen

AIT, Thailand

4 15 Climate Change Adaptation for Rice Production in Songkhram River Basin, Thailand Mr. Siriwat Boonwichai

AIT, Thailand

 5 15 Quantifying and Comparing the Impact of Climate Change and Groundwater Abstraction on Groundwater Resources: A Case Study in Hua Giang Province, Mekong Delta, Vietnam Ms. Ngoc Anh T., Hoang

AIT, Thailand

6 15 Climate Change Adaptation and Assessment with Modeling of the Chitral River Basin, Pakistan Maqbool Ahmad

Comsats University, Pakistan

7 15 Australian experience for managing water resource and adaption to climate change in Vietnam Mr Paul Smith

Australian Water Association (AWA), Australia

8 15 Addressing Uncertainty in the Climate Change in the Mekong Region by Innovative and Participatory Design Support System Chusit Apirumanekul

SEI’s Asia Centre, Thailand

9 15 Water Management in the Mekong Delta:  Growth, governance and resilience options in Viet Nam’s “rice-bowl” region Jenty Kirsch-Wood

UNDP International Technical Specialist, Australia

10 15 Enhancing climate-proofing in water infrastructure development in the Mekong Delta – A global approach Ngoc Thi Minh NGUYEN

Deutscher Gesellschaft fürInternatinaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Vietnam

11 15 Assessment of saltwater intrusion vulnerability in the coastal aquifers of Ninh Thuan province in the context of climate change Pham Quy Nhan

Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam

12 40 Panel discussion All the speakers
Dr. Sangam Shrestha

Associate Professor & Chair, Asian Institute of Technology

Dr. Duc H. Nguyen

Assistant Professor, Water Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology

Mr. Siriwat Boonwichai

Doctoral Student, Asian Institute of Technology

Ms. Ngoc Anh Hoang

Doctoral Candidate, Water Engineering Department, Asian Institute of Technology

Mr. Maqbool Ahmed

PhD Student, Comsats University, Pakistan

Mr Paul Smith

Australian Water Association (AWA)

Chusit Apirumanekul

SEI’s Asia Centre, Thailand

Jenty Kirsch-Wood

UNDP International Technical Specialist, Australia

Ngoc Thi Minh NGUYEN

Deutscher Gesellschaft fürInternatinaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Vietnam

Pham Quy Nhan

Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), founded in 1959, is an international institution for higher education located in Thailand. It specializes in engineering, advanced technologies, and management and planning. Its aim is to “promote technological change and sustainable development” in the Asia-Pacific region, through higher education, research, and outreach.
The Asian Development Bank was conceived in the early 1960s as a financial institution that would be Asian in character and foster economic growth and cooperation in one of the poorest regions in the world