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Thailand: The way to sustainability

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Liechtenstein-Hayek-Saal
Plenary / Panel
German and English language

Speakers

Vice Mayor, Khon Kaen Municipality, Khon Kaen Abstract Key Note
An overview of the historical and current socio-demographic, economic and political conditions and the city development of the Khon Kaen municipality will be described. With the driving momentum of the strategic and geographical location of the Khon Kaen City as an Indochinese center, the social and economic and housing development has been dramatically rising. Unavoidable adverse effects of such development including traffic congestion, road accidents, excessive garbage, environmental impacts and global warming have been expansively experienced. The Khon Kaen municipality has been adopted the sustainable development, livable city and green city concept to alleviate these problems. Lesson learned from some important projects such as traffic management schemes, walking street development, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and the environmental-friendly garbage management are discussed.
Wirtschaftsdelegierter, AußenwirtschaftsCenter Bangkok, Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, Bangkok Abstract
At least since 1970 Thailand has already been on the way to sustainability following King Bhumibol s philosophy of sufficiency economy. In order to achieve this goal in Thailand s urban areas, very ambitious efforts have to be made in many sectors, mainly in education, mass transportation and city planning.

1) Education: better and cheaper (free) education, with the current salary structure for teachers one cannot expect to attract the personal needed to improve the quality

2) Transportation: for the general public affordable mass transport systems like subway, sky-train and feeder lines for Bangkok, but also the other major cities have to be rapidly expanded resp. installed.

3) City planning: General planning including zoning has to be improved and consistently implemented in order to provide possible long term planning for basic infrastructure (waste management, energy, clean water etc.)
Doctoral Student, Research Center of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering, Institute of Transportation, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna Abstract
Inequality has long been one of Thailand's many social issues. It can be said that it is stemmed from the country's long traditional social structure. This problem can also be found in the urban planning sphere; such as unfair allocation of resources and lack of public participation. In addition, there are problem related to the enforcement of urban plan although it is made by the central government. Private developers often take advantage of these loop-holes. The government has made attempt to address this but there are much more room for further improvement.
Assistant Professor and Deputy Director for Administrative Affairs, SIRDC - Sustainable Infrastructure Research and Development Centre, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen Abstract
Considerable social and economic development of the Khon Kaen city has been strongly and adversely affected the well being and livability of its residents and visitors. Traffic congestion, road crashes and environmental impacts are problematic symptom of the traffic-related effects. Local government has put a lot of efforts to deal with the problems. The sustainable urban transport planning and development is currently promoted and implemented to mitigate and resolve such problems. One of important eco-friendly transport-related projects, namely Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is adopted and discussed as an example of the sustainable transport development and planning of the Khon Kaen city.
Journalist and Presenter, Ö1 Journals and ORF Weltjournal, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna Chair

Teerasuk TEEKAYUPUN

Vice Mayor, Khon Kaen Municipality, Khon Kaen

 Master of Public Administration, Khon Kaen University, Thailand
 Currently: Vice Mayor of Khon Kaen Municipality and Chair of Chamber of Commerce, Khon Kaen City

Dr. Gustav GRESSEL

Wirtschaftsdelegierter, AußenwirtschaftsCenter Bangkok, Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, Bangkok

1971-1975 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften an der Universität Salzburg
1974 Auslandssemester in Lyon
1975 Promotion
1975-1976 Gerichtjahr am Landesgericht Salzburg und Bezirksgericht Neumarkt
 Seit 1977 Wirtschaftskammer Österreich mit Auslandseinsätzen als Stellvertreter in New York, Jeddah und den Haag, Interimsleitungen in Vancouver und Karachi
1976-1977 College d'Europe in Brügge
1988-1995 Handelsdelegierter in Houston
1995-1998 Leiter Exportberatung in der AWO in Wien
1998-2006 Handelsdelegierter in Brüssel
 Seit 2007 Handels- bzw. Wirtschaftsdelegierter in Bangkok, zuständig für Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Kambodscha und Myanmar
2006/2007 Regionalmanager für die Amerikas in der AWO in Wien

MA Civil Engineering Peraphan JITTRAPIROM

Doctoral Student, Research Center of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering, Institute of Transportation, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna

2003-2005 Mott MacDonald, Highway Engineer
2006-2009 COLIN BUCHANAN, Transport consultant
2008 Transport for London, secondment
2009 Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, Thailand

Dr. Pongrid KLUNGBOONKRONG

Assistant Professor and Deputy Director for Administrative Affairs, SIRDC - Sustainable Infrastructure Research and Development Centre, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen

since 2005 Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Khon Kaen University

Mag. Cornelia VOSPERNIK

Journalist and Presenter, Ö1 Journals and ORF Weltjournal, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna

1985 Erstes Praktikum beim ORF, Slowenische Abteilung, Landesstudio Kärnten; danach Aktueller Dienst Kärnten
1986-1988 United World College of the Adriatic, Abschluss: International Baccalaureate
1989-1994 Studium Dolmetsch für Slowenisch und Italienisch, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Abschluss Mag. phil
1996 Wechsel in die Zeit im Bild 1 Redaktion mit Schwerpunkten Innenpolitik und Außenpolitik
1999-2001 Leiterin Korrespondentenbüro London, danach Außenpolitik ZiB und Moderatorin diverser Sendungen (ZiB1, Weltjournal)
2007-2010 Leiterin des ORF-Büros in Peking
2011-2012 Leiterin der Nachrichten ORFeins
seit 2012 Leiterin des neu gegründeten Büros Nordosteuropa
seit 2013 Moderatorin Ö1 Journale
seit 2014 Moderatorin ORF Weltjournal