Rapid industrial and economic growth of the developing countries in Asia has increased urbanization and population pressure on local and national governments to keep pace urban environmental management systems to meet the needs of the expanding cities with numerous parameters for management. Air pollution abatement strategies, solid waste management plans, and supply of water and control of wastewater and sewerage systems are the essentials of environmental management. In this energy plays a crucial role in all development plans to enable a livable city. Therefore, urban governance are challenged with the rapid globalization and the need to provide basic amenities to the population. Often, in the absence of basic amenities from local governance, urban communities have to depend on the existing strained resources or try to organize their own systems with external assistance. In order to understand and share experiences among themselves about research and development by the stakeholders as well as learn from good practices, a conference is an appropriate venue. The Canadian International Development Agency and Asian Institute of Technology Partnership Southeast Asia Urban Environmental Applications (SEA-UEMA) Project is jointly organizing a conference with Chiang Mai Municipality (CMM) and Mae Fah Luang University (MFU) of Chiang Rai with the following objectives.
The conference is being organized to share an understanding of sustainable urban environmental theory and practices with various stakeholders, managers and practitioners of sustainable urban development in this globalizing era. The specific objectives are:
- To exchange views and ideas on institutional collaboration, community participation and synergistic public private partnership among the urban stakeholders in the region;
- To derive information on good practices for dissemination to all local and national policy makers and policy influencers towards the development of suitable UEM policies; and
- To analyze and improve current policies and practices in urban development and understand their gender responsiveness in implementation.
The conference will be organized as panels of themes on sustainable urban environmental practices. Each panel would be based on a theme or one/more sub-themes and comprise 4-6 papers chaired by an expert on the subject.
A. Urban Environmental Management towards Sustainability
- Strategic Environmental Assessment
- Urban Disaster Management
- Integrated Environmental Management Systems
- Urban Environmental Economics and Finance
B. Urbanization and Land-use Planning
- Sustainable Infrastructure and Green Buildings
- Green Zones/ Environmental Zones (green belt, open space)
- Urban Revitalization Programs
- Ecosystem Restoration
C. Livable City and Institutionalization of UEM Good Practices
- Good Governance and Environmental Management
- Gender Issues in UEM
- Conflict, Mediation, Dialog and Resolution through Effective Policies
- Synergistic Public-Private Partnerships
D. Sustainable Mitigation of Urban Pollution
- Integrated Urban Waste Management Systems (solid waste, wastewater and sanitation)s
- Cleaner Production and Appropriate Technologies
- Good Practices in Environmental Technology
- Policy implications of Good Practices
E. City Energy, Climate Change and Globalization
- Renewable Energy Resources and Alternative Fuels
- GHG Reduction, Emissions Trading and other Air Emission Abatement Measures
- Climate Forecasting, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
- UEM Policies geared towards mitigating the above
Invitation of Abstracts
Abstracts with outlines are invited from interested individuals/writers working or practicing urban environmental management in the region and beyond. The selection of abstracts will be based on the decision of the Technical Committee (TC). The tentative number of papers to be selected for presentation will not exceed 40 and authors are required to follow the given guidelines while submitting the abstracts.
Notification of Acceptance
All abstracts will be reviewed for their originality and relevancy to the conference themes. The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified and provided specific guidelines for writing the paper.
Submission of Papers
All notified authors are required to submit their written papers before the conference. Each paper length should be of 4000 to 6000 words (6-10 pages in single space A4-size) and must not exceed the upper limit. Only one author per paper will be selected to present at the conference. The project will sponsor its network members and other authors from the SEA region. Externally sponsored participants will be requested to inform the conference coordinator and the contact person for any relevant certification if required by the sponsoring agency. The submitted papers will be reviewed by the TC and sent to the corresponding authors for revision (if necessary) before publication of the proceedings. Further, each presenting author is required to submit the presentation file before the conference such that they can be published in a CD-ROM along with the proceedings.
The following schedule will be followed for organizing the conference activities and participants are required to follow the given deadlines for participation in the event.
Submission of abstracts: June 02, 2008
Notification for full papers: July 01, 2008
Submission of full papers: September 01, 2008
Submission of presentation files: September 22, 2008
Conference Host City and Venue
The conference will be held in Chiang Mai which in the second largest city of Thailand situated in the northern corridor of the country. It is most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, and is the capital of Chiang Mai Province. It is located at some 700 km (435 miles) north of Bangkok, among some of the highest mountains in the country. The city stands on the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River and can be reached by air, rail and road transport. Its international airport has direct flight to major cities in East, Southeast, and South Asia region. The venue will be fixed in the city and given in the second announcement.
- Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) : AIT is an international graduate institution which hosts the five year (2003-2008) SEA-UEMA Project funded by CIDA through its Urban Environmental Management (UEM) Field of Study. The project is responsible for organizing the international conference to disseminate its results and lessons from activities in its seven member countries of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam in addition to other UEM related results and lessons. For more information please visit the URL: http://www.sea-uema.ait.ac.th/
- Mae Fah Luang University (MFU) : Mae Fah Luang University is an autonomous public university established on September 25, 1998. The University is located at Doi Ngaem, Mae Lao District, Chiang Rai Province. The University seeks to meet international standards in its continuing academic development to meet both the domestic demand and that of Greater Mekong Sub-region countries. Currently, Mae Fah Luang University offers twenty-five undergraduate, eighteen master and seven doctorate programs through its nine Schools with a population of 5,120 students, 178 teachers and 453 operating staff. For more information, please visit: http://www.mfu.ac.th/en/
- Chiang Mai Municipality (CMM) : Chiang Mai City became a municipality on March 29, 1935. As the first municipality in Thailand, it has an area of 40.216 square kilometers. The city limits are rapidly expanding with increasing developmental activities. The municipality believes in sustainable planning of the city taking into account effective environmental management systems. Chiang Mai City is a center of conservational tourism with a variety of historical sites, temples, and centers of other local art and crafts. More information can be read from http://www.cmcity.go.th/
The following three committees will be responsible for the overall organizing of the conference:
A. Organizing Committee (OC)
The Organizing Committee will comprise of members from the host organizations and other eminent persons in urban environmental management. They will be actively involved in organizing and/or act in advisory capacity for the conference. In addition to the members listed below, consent of other members is being sought for inclusion in the committee.
- Dr. Edsel Sajor, SEA-UEMA Project Director, AIT: Chair
- Dr. Duantam Duang Na-Chiang Mai, Mayor, CMM: Co Chair
- Dr. Nowarat Coowanitwong, AIT, Secretary and Coordinator
- Dr. Romyen Kosaikanont, MFU, Coordinator
B. Technical Committee (TC)
The Technical Committee, chaired by Dr. Nowarat Coowanitwong, will comprise of the members from AIT, CMM, MFU and other experts from the region. They would be instrumental in screening and reviewing abstracts submitted by prospective authors, and deciding on the quality and contents of each paper to be presented during the conference. It will review the submitted full papers before publication of the conference proceedings, and propose and edit suitable articles from the conference for academic/ research publication from the project with possible collaboration from external educational publishers.
C. Local Organizing Committee (LOC)
The Local Organizing Committee will be chaired by Dr. Duantam Duang Na-Chiang Mai, Mayor, CMM and co-chaired by the Dean of School of Management, MFU. Other members will be selected by the Advisor and the Chair of LOC from MFU and CMM, and other organizations involved in the conference.
The eligible participants for the international conference will comprise the following:
- Authors of the selected abstracts who submit satisfactory full papers and comprise UEM field implementers and managers, academia and donor agencies.
- Authors among the SEA-UEMA Project partners, network members, policy advocates, anchor institutions and donor agencies for AIT.
- Local participants from Chiang Mai who are urban planners, policy makers, influencers and implementers, members of NGOs/CBOs, and local and national government officials.
- Externally sponsored authors and participants from within and outside the SEA region concerned with sustainable UEM.
SEA-UEMA Project will sponsor participants from the project network of anchor institutes, flagship partners and network nodes whose abstracts will be selected by the Technical Committee The sponsorship will include economic roundtrip and accommodation for the outstation resource persons and participants. Registration fees will be waived off for local participants selected by the TC to present papers and recommended by the Organizing Committee. The OC will also seek sponsorship from other agencies and accept externally sponsored participants.
There will be no registration fees for participants sponsored by SEA-UEMA Project. The Registration Form for the conference will be sent with the acceptance letter for all participants. However, externally sponsored participants must make their own arrangements for travel and living expenses. The registration fee for such participants is US$ 150.00 which must be sent by demand draft payable to the Organizing Committee (bank name, address and account number will be provided) along with the registration form. In case if a participant is unable to attend, s/he must provide prior information to the OC or the Contact Person at least 20 days before the event. Externally sponsored participants will also be requested to inform the organizers in advance for booking their accommodation at the venue with credit card guarantee.
Local as well as international participants are encouraged to display posters and other dissemination materials during the event based on their research or project activities in the region. Space will be provided at the venue for the purpose. The best displays will be awarded prizes. Participants planning to exhibit their work will be required to submit soft copies of their display and dissemination materials by August 31, 2008.
There will be a field trip for the conference participants on October 31, 2008 to Chiang Rai. Participants will be required to register for the field trip. The nature of the field trip and the trip registration form will be provided in the second announcement.
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Prajapati Shapkota
SEA-UEMA Project, UEM /SERD,
Asian Institute of Technology
Post Box 4, Klong Luang
Pathumthani 12120, Thailand