Chiang Mai is one of the fastest growing cities in Thailand and serves as a regional economic and cultural hub in the northern part of the country. Its rich cultural heritage and pristine natural resources draw millions of tourists each year. However, rapid growth and expansion, exacerbated by the rising tourist influx, has put a strain on the city's natual resources. Faced with rampant unplanned development, air and water pollution, waste management problems and traffic congestion, the city of Chiang Mai has launched the non-motorised transport (NMT) system, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create employment opportunities for theurban poor. Because of its many co-benefits, this climate compatible strategy has gained support from policy-makers and citizens alike. This case study looks at how the NMT plan was developed, what characteristics of the planning process influenced its outcome, and what lessons the City of Chiang Mai has learned about climate compatible development planning as a result.
Kusakabe, K.; Pujan Shrestha; Kumar, S.; Suwanprik, T. Catalysing sustainable tourism: The case of Chiang Mai, Thailand. (2014) 4 pp. [Inside Stories on climate compatible development]