Lists of prevention and rehabilitation plans have been constantly rolled out like the current flood waves flowing from the North to hit parts of Thailand. The latest one of all plans was initiated on 30 October 2011 by Yingluck Shinawatras government at Energy Complex Building, Ministry of Energy.
After the special Cabinet meeting on the day, Energy Minister Mr Pichai Naripthaphan revealed a project titiled ‘New Thailand’ which was brought into discussion as the national post-flood strategies among relevant ministers including Commerce Minister, Justice Minister, Transports Minister and ICT Minister.
The project is divided into 2 major phases. The first is the short-term rehabilitation strategy which demands a budget of approximately 100,000 million THB and will be implemented during the first year after the flood situation. Information from related local agencies and proposals from other countries such as the United States, the Netherlands and Japan will be taken into account for rehabilitation in this phase.
As for the long-term phase, it involves rehabilitation of the flood-ravaged industrial estates which in turn will generate job opportunities, reduce employment rate and improve the economy. Moreover, the Ministry of Energy has called on vocational students to inspect flooded equipment, machines and cars. The Ministry also has plans to reduce oil price by 50% and probably cut down on electricity bills for the residents in the flooded areas.
Meanwhile, workers will be hired back to repair the broken infrastructures. The budget in this phase costs up to approximately 600,000-800,000 million THB. However, it is confirmed that the amount of budget is not a problem since there is a large amount of reserved capital and several countries have shown their willingness to help in terms of funds as well, Energy Minister claimed.
Disparity worsens ocean pollution
Most of the Thai marine waste is plastics led by plastic debris (12%), Styrofoam boxes (10%), food wrappers (8%), plastic bags (8%), glass bottles (7%), plastic bottles (7%), and straws (5%).
Ocean plastic pollution is threatening humanity and Thailand cannot escape the blame as one of the world’s worst marine polluters. Although the government has pledged to tackle marine pollution, one thing is certain. Success is out of reach if the state authorities fail to engage local communities as equal partners.(more…)
ASEAN takes on Circular Economy as part of priority agenda
The circular ‘reuse-reduce-recycle’ approach promotes a more efficient use of resources, thereby contributing to ASEAN Member States’ commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.
Today, ASEAN Secretariat conducted an online workshop on Circular Economy. The workshop gathered relevant sectoral bodies to discuss the draft Framework for Circular Economy for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which is one of the priority economic deliverables for Brunei Darussalam’s ASEAN Chairmanship this year.(more…)
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