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Chiang Mai Nayu

The Journey Towards Sustainability

Chiang Mai Nayu was born out of the idea of us wanting to make Chiang Mai an even more pleasant city to live in today and thinking about the next generation and what they will inherit. We chose to live in Chiang Mai because we felt Chiang Mai had some key strengths, such as climate, with a good amount of rain and sun, and the location. Located in the tropics but also in the mountains, so having both warm and sunny weather but also cooler seasons. Due to its location in the globe, we realized that Chiang Mai was very well situated to become a regional hub for growing highly desirable, high quality and high margin produce such as avocado, coffee and cacao. We saw a lot of potential, but we also observed some opportunities being missed. Opportunities related to food quality, air quality, water quality and opportunities related to the “Circular Economy” and “Closing the Loop”, which basically means operating an organization while having respect for nature, the environment and people. But importantly, the Circular Economy also means focusing upon innovation and creating jobs in the local economy through among other things, repurposing waste into products. For example, reducing and recycling waste, using renewable natural resources and creating completely new products that are renewable and biodegradable such as plant-based products. Then we realized, we didn’t actually know the exact situation in Chiang Mai with regards to many important topics such as air and water quality, food safety, long-term living conditions etc. and that left us wondering how we might fill in this gap of knowledge. The inspiration for Chiang Mai Nayu arose. ‘Nayu’ means a flourishing and sustainable city in Thailand.

2018 & 2020
PHASE 1
PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS
PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS

 

We initiated the process of understanding what residents thought about the current state of Chiang Mai with regards to the four key dimensions of sustainability and what they would like to see in the medium long term. What they would keep and what they would change. These public workshops were designed to listen to the communities’ concerns and understand the solutions they would like to see with regards to making Chiang Mai a more sustainable and enjoyable city to live in. To reach a larger audience, we created a public survey in Thai and English with the same purpose and launched this survey at the 2019 at the City Life Festival.

 

2021 & 2023
PHASE 2
THE ONLINE PLATFORM

 

With the information we collected from the public from the previous two years, we were now able to define the key 'sustainability indicators' under each dimension and begin the process of visually displaying this information online. With the help of an expert, we designed and created the website along with the online dashboard to present the 20 “sustainability indicators” associated with the four key dimensions of sustainability (5 indicators for each dimension). Moving forward, we aim to present the 'trend data' for each of these indicators, so as to inform the public as to how Chiang Mai is progressing with regards to each of these indicators.

 

2024 & 2025
PHASE 3
WASTE MANAGEMENT RESEARCH
Chiang Mai Nayu

After several months of research, we are excited to launch our first research brief. The sustainability indicator is Waste, specifically Waste Recycling in Chiang Mai. Firstly, a deep dive both into the current situation in Thailand and Chiang Mai was performed to really understand where we are today. With new understandings of Thailand’s national waste policy, we then described a series of solutions, at both municipal, organization and residence level that can take place to greatly improve waste sorting and recycling in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai Nayu was born to fill that gap both in our knowledge and the publics knowledge. To help inform the public as to where Chiang Mai is today, and how Chiang Mai is doing in many diverse but complementary and important areas that impact the standard of living for all the residents. In fact, we have a bold vision, to support Chiang Mai to become one of South East Asia’s most healthy and sustainable cities. To be a living model of a sustainable liveable city, but we realized we couldn’t do this alone. In this journey towards making Chiang Mai become more sustainable, we would need help from the municipality, the universities, the monasteries, the local business and tourism community and of course from all residents. And we wanted to bring institutions, organizations and businesses together to work on the different dimensions of sustainability. And we want to inspire the local community to join us and take action and participate in this journey of sustainability together. We feel it’s not only a worthwhile cause, but our duty as the current adults responsible for looking after Chiang Mai and its natural resources, to inspire the youth to take on this vision and body of work to the next generation.

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