Shared vision planning is a decision-making process that uses scenario-planning tool and models to assess different options for building urban resilience to climate change.  From October 2-4, USAID’s Mekong-Building Climate Resilient Asian Cities (M-BRACE) program, in collaboration with ISET-International and the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI), hosted a shared vision planning workshop in Udon Thani, Thailand in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

The workshop was opened by the Provincial Governor of Udon Thani and brought together more than fifty representatives of provincial, sub-national, and municipal government, local academics, NGOs, and the Chamber of Commerce.  Shared vision planning builds on M-BRACE’s process of implementing shared learning dialogues, vulnerability assessments, climate threshold analysis, and resilience building interventions that has been underway since 2011.

Over the coming months, the USACE will work with academics and technical experts in Udon Thani to build a model that will support ongoing public dialogues about urban resilience and provide additional input to a suite of activities supported by M-BRACE.  The scenario-planning tool developed by USACE will be made available to local stakeholders as a means to encourage further public dialogue on the city’s future. 

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update