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Regional Integration in the Mekong: Challenges of Urbanization and Climate Change

Authors: Richard Friend; Kenneth MacClune

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) is rapidly urbanizing at a scale never seen before. This process is set to intensify with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) coming into place in 2015 and linking urban, commercial and industrial centers across the GMS. The GMS has also been identified as a region particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Urbanization, happening in places that are already subject to hazards such as flooding and extreme weather events, will exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and create new ones. Understanding the dynamics of urbanization and climate change at such a broad scale represents a new conceptual and methodological research challenge for the region. 


Citation: Friend, R., & MacClune, K. (2013). Regional integration in the Mekong: Challenges of urbanization and climate change. Boulder, CO: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International. 

Funded By: The Rockefeller Foundation; U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)