Coastal Areas Governance in the Context of Rapid Tourism Urbanization and Climate Change in Southeast Asia

Coastal Areas Governance in the Context of
Rapid Tourism Urbanization and
Climate Change in Southeast Asia

Pattaya, Thailand, 15th september 2017

Following the first research restitution workshop held in Bali last April, a presentation of the interim results of the research on "Coastal areas governance in the context of rapid tourism urbanization and climate change in Southeast Asia" was held at the Zign Hotel in Pattaya on 15 September 2017.

It is a programme selected in early 2016 for two years by the Regional Climate Change Forum (RFCC, AIT Thailand) and bringing together researchers from the Asian Institute of Technology - AIT Thailand, the Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia - IRASEC, the National University of Timor-Leste - UNTL, and the University of Udayana - UNUD Bali Indonesia. Dr. Christine Cabasset (IRASEC and CASE's affiliated researcher), Dr. Agung Suryawan Wiranatha (UNDP) presented their analysis based on several case studies from Indonesia, Thailand and Timor-Leste, and cross-fertilizing diverse themes in the fields of urban, tourism and climate change in coastal and island areas.

The event began with a first key-note speech by Mr. Chawalirt Sang-uthai, Vice-Governor of Chonburi Province. Mr. Stéphane Roy, scientific and academic cooperation attaché at the French Embassy in Thailand, travelling to Thailand for the "Tour des Campus", unfortunately could not attend the conference. The conference brought together some 20 professionals from local governments involved in the research, including Col. Pol. Sutee Thipsuk, Secretary of the Mayor of Pattaya City, Mr. Watcharapol Sarnsorn, Deputy Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) - Pattaya office. DASTA (Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration) was particularly mobilized with, in addition to the presence of Mr. Thiti Chantangphol, Executive Director of DASTA for Pattaya City, about ten representatives of the Trat, Bangkok and Koh Chang provincial offices. The many questions asked by the audience were moderated by Mr. Krit Bhummisuwan (DASTA), as well as by Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon to ensure the translation into English. Warm thanks to the institutional partners of the research programme, the French Embassy in Indonesia and DASTA.