Insights and experiences on climate change in Southeast Asia
What is climate change and what is it not? What can be understood under the term “vulnerability“? How do these terms relate? And what has to be considered concerning climate change adaptation measures? Mr. Suppakorn Chinvanno from the Southeast Asia START Regional Centre shared some interesting insights addressing these issues during a TransRe short course "Does Climate Change Move You?“ in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Mr. Suppakorn Chinvanno's profound yet understandable speech takes you into the not so certain climatic future of Southeast Asia, especially Thailand. After revealing some common misinterpretations about climate change, Chinvanno draws attention to further key concepts like impact and risk, before turning to dimensions of change. By framing how choices of indicators, ways of measuring, and ways of presenting data can disguise the already uncertain reality many Thai people and the environment are about to face, he effortlessly brings the concept of vulnerability into the picture. He also outlines the bigger picture, where he introduces socio-economic change as a prominent factor in global change and briefly introduces migration as a response. By the time Chinvanno finishes his presentation with thoughts about reducing exposure and sensitivity to risk, we are even more convinced that, indeed, climate change does move us.
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