Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand

Sectors: Sustainable Cities and Built Environment; Freshwater Resource Management and Sanitation; Natural Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change Adaptation; Biodiversity, Forests and other Ecosystems;

By: Thailand

Type: Local

Source: The ICLEI Case Study series

Year: 2008

Urban biodiversity for a sustainable city and climate change resilience
The Urban Biodiversity towards Sustainable City and Climate Change Resilience project (UBD-SCCCR) is a local initiative in Chiang Rai, Thailand, to conserve and protect local biodiversity and natural resources for the benefit of the city's community.

In 2008, Chiang Rai municipality established the Urban Biodiversity towards Sustainable City and Climate Change resilience project (UBD-SCCCR). The main goal was to develop the city in a sustainable way by conserving its natural areas while using them as a carbon sink, particularly a forested tract of land called Doi Saken. The project has already revived flora and fauna within the city, provided exhibitions, a natural study area, and a local biodiversity curriculum for students, as well as contributed to establishing a nursery greenhouse for local plants. The project aims to understand the role biodiversity plays in the community by collecting local knowledge. Stakeholders from government, private and educational institutions, as well as community organizations were engaged in finding approaches to better utilize and conserve public green spaces within the city. The municipality has expanded this project to other areas such as Doi Phra Baht, and Nong Pung Reservoir by using similar concepts and processes.
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