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In 2011, Bangkok was hit by its worst flooding in half a century. Source: Shutterstock

IN Phrom Samrit, a squatter settlement along a major canal in Bangkok, most of the 300 households live cheek by jowl and have become used to floods after living next to water all their lives. But now their resilience is being chipped away, says Adirak Sangnut, the slum’s elected leader.

Read more: In the face of worsening floods, Bangkok struggles to protect slum dwellers

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The second Thailand’s Assessment Report on Climate Change was released by the Thailand Research Fund on Wednesday with a series of recent studies on climate change’s impact, mitigation and adaptation.

Read more: Climate Change Report Urges All Sectors to Take Action

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Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that in order to adapt agriculture to a changing climate, new approaches to irrigation will need to be developed and implemented worldwide.

These new approaches are being discussed as part of the 2nd World Irrigation Forum which opened yesterday in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and brings together stakeholders from around the world to rethink water management in the context of continued population and economic growth as well as the growing threats of climate change.

Read more: Future of food security depends on irrigation methods that adapt to climate change – UN agency

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