Green & Clean City to Low Carbon City
1962, Khon Kaen Province was selected as the center of development
for northeast Thailand. Regional government sectors were formed, Khon
Kaen University was established and the road from Bangkok to Nong
Khai province was improved and extended. Consumer goods could now be
easily transported directly to the consumers in other parts of the
country. The economy of northeast Thailand had high growth rates and
Khon Kaen city also expanded in many ways, especially the housing
1992, the Asian Development bank (ADB) gave support to a plan to
construct a road from Myanmar, via Khon Kaen, to Vietnam and from
China, via Vientiane and Khon Kaen, to Bangkok. Many factories,
companies and businesses moved to establish themselves in Khon Kaen.
This economic corridor drove Khon Kaen to become the center of the
Kaen Municipality set out a strategic plan for Khon Kaen city to
become a "green and clean" city by constructing wastewater
treatment and sludge disposal facilities while organizing garbage
collection and recycling. The concept of "Khon Kaen Garden City"
was promoted by planting more trees, increasing the number of/
extending public parks and supporting healthy activities and the
consumption of organic food to improve quality of life.
2009, Khon Kaen Municipality declared that Khon Kaen City would
introduce "low carbon action" to raise awareness and promote
public participation, as well as involvement of various government
agencies, the chamber of commerce, NGOs and many areas of the private
sector. Khon Kaen is a model province for the Mekong Sub-region in
combating global warming with multi-sector participation.
Prof. Dr. Sekson Yongvanit
Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Khon Kaen University, Thailand
Mr. Virunpob Supab
Natural Resources and Environment, Khon Kaen, Thailand