Supporting integrated urban water management in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor

February 2, 2024

Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is a key element of achieving the Thai Government’s national growth strategy for the country. This corridor comprises 3 provinces – Rayong, Chonburi and Chachoengsao – that have experienced strong growth and investment for over 30 years, reflecting their connection to other countries in the region.

The compounding pressures associated with climate change and rapid population growth are a potential constraint on achieving the Thai Government’s objectives for the EEC. So, the Eastern Economic Corridor Office (EECO) is partnering with WSCA to:

  • develop an integrated urban water strategy for the EEC
  • enhance capacity for strategy implementation
  • develop linkages between EECO and Australian experts.

This 9-month project builds on the Thai and Australian governments’ shared interest and history in supporting integrated urban water management, and Monash’s experience, expertise and reputation as a world leader in water resources management and climate adaptation. The project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Several EECO representatives visited Australia in October 2023, to better understand water management in Australia. Ben Furmage (CEO, WSCA) joined DFAT representatives who hosted delegates on a tour that took in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. The itinerary included meetings with water agencies, infrastructure, finance and urban planning experts and water utilities, as well as site tours of conventional water facilities, alternative water sources and nature-based solutions.
Ben also met with EECO representatives in Thailand November 2023, to confirm the scope of collaboration activities.