“Climate change is… hot” – An interview with Prattana Meesincharoen

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Prattana. I work for the International Forestry Cooperation Office under the RFD (Royal Forest Department), under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. I have worked for the government for 21 years, but previously I was involved with the royal forestry department and I have dealt with climate change for exactly 5 years.

Prattana Meesincharoen at the United Nations ESCAP, Bangkok

What is your role here in Bangkok?

I follow topics on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries), but unfortunately here in Bangkok they don’t negotiate, it is not in the agenda. Therefore, I follow other topics like article 6 under Paris Agreement, non-market mechanism, something like that. I chose article 6 because we don’t know whether or not there will be a concrete idea. Non-market can be a mechanism for REDD+, therefore I am tracking it here in Bangkok.

What made you get involved with climate change?

I think that climate change is an interesting topic and it is very important for the place and time. It affects my daily life and also from my work, the forest sector, it is important to solve climate change. In Bangkok now, we have many episodes of heavy rains, and I think that it has never happened before. Also, there are more flood events in Thailand and also our neighbour countries like Laos and Myanmar. It is all due to heavy rains.

How will you explain climate change to someone who doesn’t understand it?

It’s hot (laughs). I think that for the general people, maybe it is difficult to think about what climate change is. The first thing they think is that it is hot, but it’s way more than that. If you follow the conferences (UNFCCC) or if you read a lot, it will make you understand more about climate change, understand what is it and how it will affect our daily lives.

What is the one thing that you would want people to know about climate change?

Climate change is caused by everyone. Everyone has the responsibility to solve it. I think that everyone here know what climate change is, and everyone come from a different sector, so they have their own policy and their own ways to solve climate problems.

Edited by Kitty

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