Coastal Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptation in Thailand

SDG 14 : Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

The Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University, conduct a project entitled “Thai Coast: Coastal Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptation in Thailand”, funded by Newton Fund of the United Kingdom between October 2018 and September 2021. The project aims to: (1) establish causal links between climate change, coastal erosion, and flooding; (2) use this information to assess the interaction of natural and social processes in order to: (3) enhance coastal community resilience and future sustainability. The project focuses on two study areas, Nakhon Si Thammarat province, and Krabi province. The Thai-coast project uses a multidisciplinary approach, integrating climate science, geomorphology, socioeconomics, health and wellbeing science and geoinformation technology to improve understanding of hydrometeorological hazard occurrence, their physical and socioeconomic, health and wellbeing impacts on Thailand’s coastal zone and the ways in which governance and institutional arrangements mitigate their impact. Thai-coast research will benefit the government and policymakers, who need to plan for potential impacts caused by climate change

and develop resilient strategies to deal with their impacts on natural-social systems. It will provide a link with government agencies for business/industry interests in the coastal zone of Thailand in tourism, aquaculture, and associated industry and business, to assess their needs and help improve their understanding of coastal resilience in their strategic investments and management. The wider public, who inhabit Thailand’s coastal communities either permanently or temporarily for work or leisure, will benefit through the advanced knowledge and awareness of identified problems and learning processes to address them. The results of the Thai-coast project will benefit coastal communities more broadly, in all Thai coastal provinces, through its contribution to more robust, cost-effective, governance and institutional arrangements.