Adapting to Climate Change in Peri-Urban Southeast Asia
The rapid growth of peri-urban areas in Southeast Asia is characterized by a lack of basic services, unplanned built environments, and relatively weak governments. Residents of these areas are particularly vulnerable to extreme climate events, such as hurricanes, drought, flooding, and desertification. This research will study how residents in the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam adapt to periods of drought and flooding. Researchers will analyze how these strategies vary by gender, socio-economic status, and education. The research team will also compile a database of the autonomous adaptation strategies of peri-urban residents, at the household, community, and district levels. It will aim to understand the social, economic, and biophysical drivers of vulnerability to climate-related water stresses and analyze the factors that affect adaptation by residents. The research will be undertaken by research organizations in the three study countries and by selected government officials. Government officials will also receive training in a new executive master's program on water and climate change developed under the project to be offered at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok . It is expected that the project will advance knowledge on peri-urban climate change adaptation, as well as build local government capacity to design more effective and equitable adaptation plans for their constituents, including the most vulnerable.