The Water & Wastewater Companies for Climate Mitigation (WaCCliM) Project in Thailand
Located in one of the regions most vulnerable to the impact of global warming, Thailand has established policies, action plans and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies over the last several years. In the Paris Agreement, Thailand has ambitiously committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared to projected business-as-usual (BAU) level compared to 2005 levels, with the option to increase its contribution to greenhouse gas reduction up to 25% by 2030. Water pollution is a major environmental concern in Thailand. One of the main reasons is the unmanaged discharge of untreated domestic wastewater directly into water bodies resulting in the deterioration of water sources and significant GHG emissions. A growing population along with urbanization, industrial and agricultural expansion lead to an increased demand for water and wastewater services, while the effects of climate change, including more frequent and severe floods and droughts, increase the challenges that water managers are facing.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the International Water Association (IWA) are working together with their partners from Jordan, Mexico, Peru and Thailand on the WaCCliM project. This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI).