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Measuring capacities and protecting communities: strengthening regional resilience in the flooded industrial area in Thailand

Tadashi Nakasu (College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)
Ruttiya Bula-Or (College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)
Sutee Anantsuksomsri (Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)
Sutpratana Duangkaew (Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand)
Kullachart Prathumchai (College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)
Korrakot Positlimpakul (Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)
Akiyuki Kawasaki (Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan)

International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment

ISSN: 1759-5908

Article publication date: 10 January 2022

Issue publication date: 1 April 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to measure the capacities and identify the vulnerabilities of the communities to contribute to their flood disaster risk management.

Design/methodology/approach

Questionnaire-style surveys and interviews in the four target communities and 25 critical facilities have been used. Their flood experience is also collected to explore the practical risk management solutions and preserve those as their local assets.

Findings

Findings show the capacity gaps among the target communities. For instance, the relatively populated urbanized communities tend to have high capacities. On the other hand, the not-so-populated farmer-based communities have low capacities, tending to focus more on droughts than floods, and lack scientific information. This research also identifies vulnerability groups and critical facility locations on the map with narratives.

Originality/value

The findings enable the communities to clarify their updated capacities, examine the vulnerabilities, identify the risks with possible hazard information and guide them to cope with flood risk to protect them with self, mutual and public help. This study can contribute to other industrial parks/estates in Thailand and anywhere in the world as an insightful reference to build resilient industrial complex areas.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank DDPM, Ayuttha governors, chief officers, representatives from the district, other government agencies, and critical facilities in Ayutthaya province for their cooperation, and thank Prof. Kurahara from Iwate Prefectural University for their research suggestions. The authors are also grateful to the Tambol and village leaders for their response to our interview requests. This research is financially supported by the Housing Research Foundation JUSOKEN (grant number: 2016), and technically supported by Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) in collaboration with Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST, JPMJSAI1708) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Citation

Nakasu, T., Bula-Or, R., Anantsuksomsri, S., Duangkaew, S., Prathumchai, K., Positlimpakul, K. and Kawasaki, A. (2022), "Measuring capacities and protecting communities: strengthening regional resilience in the flooded industrial area in Thailand", International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 163-179. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJDRBE-08-2021-0120

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