Incompatible partners? Urban poor communities and river systems in Bangkok, Thailand

Storey, Donovan (2012) Incompatible partners? Urban poor communities and river systems in Bangkok, Thailand. International Development Planning Review, 32 2: 109-128. doi:10.3828/idpr.2012.8


Author Storey, Donovan
Title Incompatible partners? Urban poor communities and river systems in Bangkok, Thailand
Journal name International Development Planning Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1474-6743
1478-3401
Publication date 2012-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3828/idpr.2012.8
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 109
End page 128
Total pages 10
Place of publication Liverpool, United Kingdom
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Asian cities are confronted with a range of environmental challenges with few success stories. State-driven and top-down solutions have been only partially successful, while communities struggle with developing and implementing alternative strategies that are affordable and result in safer and more liveable environments. River systems are increasingly at the centre of many of these struggles. In part this has been because current and past approaches, which often involve cleaning/beautifying waterways and 'relocating' the urban poor, have proven prohibitively expensive and have led to conflict with affected communities for which few alternative shelter and livelihood alternatives exist. Yet there are innovative approaches led by communities and NGOs, sometimes in partnership with governments but at other times in opposition to official projects. This paper, based on fieldwork in Bangkok, examines such 'grey areas' of planning, in which community-based solutions and partnerships that deal with polluted environments and seek to avoid eviction have been developed in partnership with aid agencies and governments. I examine how successful these community/partner responses have been; how they are viewed by governments, donors and communities; and to what extent they can be considered as viable pathways to cleaner urban waterways and sustainable cities.
Keyword Bangkok
Krung thep mahanakhon
Thailand
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
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