A SEACHA Conference hosted by The Siam Society

In devising ethical and sustainable ways of living and building that are rooted in local communities, valuable lessons and resources can be gleaned from our tangible and intangible heritage. Indeed, a holistic understanding of traditional human habitats and lifestyles will unlock a vision of ecological regeneration.

Southeast Asian heritage and indigenous traditions uniquely draw on a wealth of local wisdom and endemic biodiversity as successful adaptations to the tropical monsoon climate that have withstood the test of time. Under pressure from climate change and urbanization, our tangible and intangible heritages are at risk of disappearance, damage or losing their contextual significance – hence, the urgency to unlock their secrets, to foster appreciation of their power to combat climate change, and to incorporate them into viable ASEAN climate change strategies.

The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage is therefore convening a SEACHA regional conference entitled “Cultural Wisdom for Climate Action: The Southeast Asian Contribution” on Thursday 12, to Saturday 14 January 2023 at The Siam Society.

The objective of this conference is to explore Southeast Asian cultural heritage as a source of principles, paradigms and strategies for effective and locally based climate action. Public intellectuals, civil society leaders, and entrepreneurs drawing from multiple disciplines and cultural heritage fields will give presentations, which young leaders will comment on and supplement from their generation’s perspective. The youth will also examine the effects of cultural heritage on climate action and adaptability through group presentations from four distinct approaches.

We believe in “building a climate resilient future with traditional ways and wisdom”.

Interested individuals may register here.

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Date and time:

12-14 January 2023

09:00-17:00 (Full day) 


The Siam Society Auditorium

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