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The Current Flood Crisis and lesson learned from
Thailand's Flood Disaster
Conference 2014

  1. Overview
  2. Programme
  3. Gallery
  4. Delegates
  5. Exhibitors
  6. Exhibition Opportunities
PROGRAMME
DAY ONE (16 January 2014)
09:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks
09:15 Floodways and flood prevention in Thailand
10:00 Morning Refreshments
10:15 Bangkok flood damage mitigation policy
11:00 Flood disaster awareness and risk reduction
11:45 The need for better monitoring and providing early warning alerts to alleviate and prevent flooding
12:30 Lunch
14:00 3D GIS model for flood risk assessment due to extreme sea level rise
14:45 Waterproofing measures for new and existing buildings and critical infrastructures at risk of flooding and protecting from flood damage
15:30 Strategy to reduce vulnerability of buildings in flood prone areas and improving flood performance of buildings and critical infrastructures
16:15 Panel Discussion
17:00 End of Day 1
 
DAY TWO (17 January 2014)
09:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks
09:15 Factors for Thailand 2011 great flood and explaining current flooding tendency: insight and future preventive measures
10:00 Morning Refreshments
10:15 Solving flood problem and taking the best options in flood defence solution
11:00 How to rapidly plan and execute a flood infrastructure system to be resilient and adaptable
11:45 Cost estimates for flood resilience and protection strategies
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Flood risk and damage assessment using modeling and earth observation techniques
14:45 Temporary flood abatement systems: designs, implementation and reliability
15:30 Factors to consider when designing a flood protection system
16:15 Panel discussion
17:00 End of Conference

 

Thailand’s successful flood prevention strategy over the last 2 years offer lessons and transforming the lessons into measures for future direction for flood prevention and mitigation across Central and Eastern Europe as well as Asia Pacific, Middle East and the region. On the other hand, current flood crisis in Thailand has emerged with a new question on the complexity and uniqueness of managing flood crisis over a long period of time. Flood disaster may not be resolved completely. It is an on-going challenge over time. This conference will offer some insights on how to tackle flood crisis and understanding flooding tendency in the future and preventive measures and strategies. What are these strategies?

The Great Flood of Thailand, the worst floods in half a century, that has caused hundreds of casualties, made millions of people homeless and incurred estimated economic damage amounting to US$50 billion. There are important lessons to be learned as well as future directions for flood prevention which countries across Central & Eastern Europe may adopt. In fact, United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon urges world to learn lessons from Thailand Mega Flooding, during his visit to Thailand on 16 November 2011. In 2011, many Asian countries have witnesses flooding, including Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Laos, North Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore. The economic damage has varied significantly.... minor in Singapore but very substantial in Thailand. In Thailand, the cost of the flood disaster has been estimated at US$44 billion. It is now estimated that US$72 billion will have to be invested for flood protection infrastructure, without which investors are not likely to return because of possible future flood threats and the availability of other investment locations. Reflection on 2011 Thailand’s Great Flood and learning and sharing of experiences including how to better prepare to handle future flood, how to understand what actually happen, how to identify problems and key issues and how to conceptualise future framework. In addition, the recent floods have also exposed the effectiveness of current strategies, tactics and models to mitigate flood situation has not been effective in responding to flooding problem. From these experiences and sharing of perspective, flood disaster mitigation strategies should be based on a comprehensive assessment of the flood risk combined with a thorough investigation of the uncertainties associated with the risk assessment procedure. Against this backdrop, this conference is a timely platform to provide sharing of ideas, perspectives and insights on some of the policy and planning that can reduce the exposure to flooding. Due to an urgent flood crisis, discussion will be extended to include Thailand. Thailand is currently hit by a repeat flood crisis after 2 years of successful implementation of flood prevention strategy. It has also emerged and became a landmark that flood crisis has no permanent solution unless a strategy that can sustain the intensity of flooding is the nearest option. Key issues to be discussed at this conference including:

  • Review of flood damages to flood protection infrastructure and plans for restoration and reconstruction works
  • Measures for improvements in flood forecasting and warning system
  • Standardization of designs and specifications for flood protection works
  • Enable various implementers to address effectively the critical areas for minimising flood damages.
  • Ensuring the incorporation of flood resistant features in the design and construction of new structures in the flood prone areas
  • Experiences and challenges in flood risk reduction across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Europe and the region
  • Deeveloping capacity for resilience to flood disasters through space applications and flood risk management
  • Critically understand the severity and risks associated with potential future flooding and focus solely on reducing or eliminating flood damage to structure
  • Development of new water management instruments and tools for flood forecasting and mitigation
  • Innovative uses of flood hazard and risk assessment data in order to maximise flood loss reduction
  • Floodplain mapping updates, mitigation planning and reviewing changes of flood control situation and adjustments of flood management strategy
  • Challenges in urban flood prevention, risk management and introducing adaptive strategies and countermeasures for comprehensive urban flood management