TDRI studies how to better manage water


BANGKOK, 30 November 2012 – The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) has launched an extended study into water management in the Kingdom aimed at both addressing floods and avoiding drought.

Project leader, Nipon Poapongsakorn explained that the study will examine water management systems which do not involve building major structures, such as dams. He said the results of the study should aid investment in efficient flood prevention projects which will ensure fairness for all who are affected.

The study covers patterns of land use with a focus on regulating the building of structures in low-lying places used as water retention areas. It also looks at the adaptation of communities and industrial estates in such areas.

The study began in October and will extend over three years, with the focus being on the Chao Phraya River basin. Nipon added that the study will look at communities which will be affected by the government’s flood management projects, stating the research will help authorities weigh the pros and cons of water management projects and make better decisions.