M-BRACE is working with city stakeholders in four medium-sized cities in Thailand and Vietnam to explore the intersection of two intimately-linked, defining trends: urbanization and climate change. The world's population is reaching new heights, and for the first time in human history the majority of people live in urban areas. This history of urbanization is closely linked to industrialization and changes in energy, transport, and land use that have all contributed to climate change. Increasingly, these urban areas are expanding in river basins, deltas, and coastal areas that are already prone to climate related hazards. While cities and urban livelihoods can bring wealth, resources, and new opportunities that can help buffer climate shocks, certain types of urban development can put people and places at risk from climate change impacts. With increasing socio-economic inequalities, these changes do not impact all equally. M-BRACE aims to facilitate city stakeholders to consider the implications of these trends, and from this, to identify actions that can build urban resilience. This paper describes how the concept of shared learning is being applied to these four M-BRACE cities, and shares insights on urbanization and climate change from the perspectives of stakeholders through "shared learning dialogues" in each city.
Citation: ISET-International, NISTPASS, & TEI. (2012). Changing cities and changing climate: Insights from shared learning dialogues in Thailand and Vietnam. Boulder, CO: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International.
Funded By: The Rockefeller Foundation; U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)