YAFF: Yet Another Floodwall Fight

YAFF: Yet Another Floodwall Fight

During the floods some people tore down floodwalls, now some people are trying to prevent their construction.

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Feud pits eco-activists against industrial parks

Estates say dykes are a must to restore faith
6/03/2012
Nareerat Wiriyapong

Industrial estate operators are hitting back at activists seeking a court order to halt anti-flood dyke construction, saying the work is urgent and needed to regain investor confidence.

The Stop Global Warming Association is today asking the Central Administrative Court to issue an injunction suspending construction of anti-flood dykes being built at seven industrial estates inundated during last year's floods.

The association president, Srisuwan Janya, has said that the barriers would cause damage to the homes of villagers living nearby in the event of future floods.

He also said the permanent floodwalls would have serious social and environmental impact, altering natural water-flow routes.

But Thavich Taychanavakul, managing director of Hi-Tech Industrial Estate, said construction of the new dykes is under way in order to win back investor confidence and get ready for the coming rainy season.

"Is Mr Srisuwan among those affected by the floods?" he said. "And if your house was flooded last year, will you do anything like a new wall to better protect your house."

Mr Thavich, also secretary of the Industrial Estate Association, said an environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been carried out in parallel with construction, updating the one conducted when the estates were built. 

"To do a new EIA for the dyke, it takes about six months to complete and another month for concerned agencies to look at it," he said

If we have to wait for the new EIA to be approved, we won't have time in the event of floods and 300,000-400,000 people working in those industrial estates will be affected. Who will be responsible for their losing income?"

He elaborated that it will cost 6-7 billion baht for the new barriers to be built. This is considered a big burden for industrial estate operators, despite partial funding by the government.

"It is not our initiative [to build the dyke], but it is requested by investors," Mr Thavich said. "Who wants to spend that amount of money unless they have to do it for some reason?" 

So far, just 30% of companies whose plants were ravaged by floods at the industrial estates have resumed production, partly due to lack of confidence in the situation this year.

Industry Minister M.R. Pongsvas Svasti said the ministry helped the private sector prepare the EIA from the start to make sure it was up to standard.

"They have the right to bring the case to the court, and it is up to the court's consideration," he said. "We at the ministry have to prepare the information to explain this issue." 

Suparat Sirisuwannangkura, senior vice-president of Toyota Motor Thailand, said that in addition to government measures such as making floodways, industrial estate operators and manufacturers have to launch their own efforts to minimise the risk posed by future floods.

"Even with the new dykes, some investors might not find it enough to cope with the floods," said Mr Suparat, also vice-chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries.

Also, if an industrial estate is safe but the houses of employees living nearby are flooded, they cannot come to work.

(Course: Bangkok Post, Feud pits eco-activists against industrial parks, Estates say dykes are a must to restore faith, 6/03/2012, Nareerat Wiriyapong, link

Flood Prevention Vocabulary

feud  - a fight
feud pits X against Y - a fight between X and Y

yet another -
meaning: this is another one, there have been many in the past (not unusual)
underway - currently happening, happening now

activism - "efforts to promote, impede or direct social, political, economic, or environmental change. Activism can take a wide range of forms from writing letters to newspapers or politicians, political campaigning, economic activism such as boycotts or preferentially patronizing businesses, rallies, street marches, strikes, sit-ins, and hunger strikes" (See Wikipedia)

activist -
a  person who does "activism"  
eco-activist -  an environmental activist, an activist working for environmental change (See Wikipedia)

industrial estate - a special area for factories usually located outside the main residential area of a city and normally provided with good transportation access, including road and rail and other things that factories like special power, water, waste disposal and other infrastructure (See Wikipedia
estates - Same as "industrial estates"
industrial park - Same as "industrial estate"

feud
pits eco-activists against industrial parks


faith - believing in and trusting something
restore - make exist again, to cause a particular situation to exist again, especially a good one ฟื้นฟูสภาพ
restore faith - make faith exist again
a must - something that is needed or necessary

estates say dykes are a must to restore faith

operators - companies doing a certain kind of business
halt - to stop หยุด a stop หยุดนิ่ง
dyke - a wall built to prevent the sea or a river from covering an area, or a channel dug to take water away from an area เขื่อนกั้นน้ำ
construction - the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. การก่อสร้าง
urgent - must be done quickly, right now ที่เร่งด่วน   เหตุเร่งด่วน
regain - to get back something that was lost ได้กลับมา ได้กลับมาใหม่ บังคับรถได้เหมือนเดิม
investor - a person or organisation that puts money into a company in exchange for a future profit นักลงทุน
confidence - the quality of being certain,  feel sure about something ความมั่นใจ
investor confidence - when a person who puts money into a business or project feels that they will make money
regain investor confidence - gain investor confidence again (after losing it for a time)

Industrial estate operators are hitting back at activists seeking a court order to halt anti-flood dyke construction, saying the work is urgent and needed to regain investor confidence.

issue - to officially announce or give out something ออก, ออกประกาศ, ออกคำสั่ง ออกประกาศ แจกจ่าย
injunction - an order form a court that prevents someone from doing something คำสั่งห้าม คำสั่งคุ้มครองชั่วคราว, คำสั่งห้าม คำสั่งห้ามของศาล
issue an injunction suspending construction
inundated
- flooded ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
the seven industrial estates inundated during last year's floods
barrier - a wall or other object that prevents something passing from one place to another

The Stop Global Warming Association is today asking the Central Administrative Court to issue an injunction suspending construction of anti-flood dykes being built at seven industrial estates inundated during last year's floods. The association president, Srisuwan Janya, has said that the barriers would cause damage to the homes of villagers living nearby in the event of future floods

permanent - happening or existing for a long time or for all time in the future ถาวร
permanent floodwalls
impact - an effect or influence ผลกระทบ
social and environmental impact
altering - changing เปลี่ยนแปลง
route - a path or way along which you can travel and go places ทาง, เส้นทางของรถ เรือ เครื่องบิน
altering route - changing the route (the way you are going)
water-flow routes - way or path that the water flows along
natural - found in nature (not made in a factory by humans) ตามธรรมชาติ
altering natural water-flow routes - changing the path that water naturally takes
under way - happening now
construction is under way - construction is happening now, currently building
win back - get something back or return to a good situation in the past (after hard work)
investor confidence
win back investor confidence -

He also said the permanent floodwalls would have serious social and environmental impact, altering natural water-flow routes.  But Thavich Taychanavakul, managing director of Hi-Tech Industrial Estate, said construction of the new dykes is under way in order to win back investor confidence and get ready for the coming rainy season. "Is Mr Srisuwan among those affected by the floods?" he said. "And if your house was flooded last year, will you do anything like a new wall to better protect your house."

assessment
- a judgment or opinion; the process of making a judgment or forming an opinion, after considering something or someone carefully การประเมิณสถานการณ์
environmental impact assessment (EIA) - "an assessment of the possible positive or negative impact that a proposed project may have on the environment, together consisting of the environmental, social and economic aspects" (See Wikipedia)

parallel - of an event or situation that happens at the same time as and/or is similar to another one คล้ายกัน ขนานกัน
carried out in parallel - done at the same time

Mr Thavich, also secretary of the Industrial Estate Association, said an environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been carried out in parallel with construction, updating the one conducted when the estates were built. 

concerned
- worried about something มีความกังวล
income - money that people receive from work or some other source, used for household consumption and savings
losing income - losing your salary or wages (not getting money that you would normally get, because business is closed)

"To do a new EIA for the dyke, it takes about six months to complete and another month for concerned agencies to look at it," he said. If we have to wait for the new EIA to be approved, we won't have time in the event of floods and 300,000-400,000 people working in those industrial estates will be affected. Who will be responsible for their losing income?"

burden - a responsibility, a difficult thing that must be done, a heavy load to carry ภาระ (See glossary)
partial - not a complete change (only a certain percentage of the way towards complete) บางส่วน
funding - money given for a particular purpose การให้เงินสนับสนุน

He elaborated that it will cost 6-7 billion baht for the new barriers to be built. This is considered a big burden for industrial estate operators, despite partial funding by the government.

initiative - a new plan for dealing with a problem or achieving some goal ความคิดริเริ่ม
reason - an explanation of an event, why an event happened เหตุ ; เหตุผล ; สาเหตุ
plants - factories
lack - does not have ขาดแคลน

"It is not our initiative [to build the dyke], but it is requested by investors," Mr Thavich said. "Who wants to spend that amount of money unless they have to do it for some reason?"  So far, just 30% of companies whose plants were ravaged by floods at the industrial estates have resumed production, partly due to lack of confidence in the situation this year.

ministry - a government department dealing with an area of activity กระทรวง
sector - a part of the economy ภาค (เศรษฐกิจ) (public sector = government, private sector = all businesses, household sector = families and consumers, banking sector,...) (See Wikipedia)

Industry Minister M.R. Pongsvas Svasti said the ministry helped the private sector prepare the EIA from the start to make sure it was up to standard.

consideration - giving careful thought to something before making a decision

"They have the right to bring the case to the court, and it is up to the court's consideration," he said. "We at the ministry have to prepare the information to explain this issue." 

measures - actions taken to solve a problem มาตรการ
risk - danger, how likely or possible it is for a bad event that causes harm and damage ความเสี่ยง
pose a risk - create a risk, create a dangerous situation
the risk posed by future floods
minimise - to reduce something harmful or unpleasant to the smallest amount or degree ลดจำนวนลง  ลดให้เหลือน้อยที่สุด
minimise the risk posed by future floods
efforts - the work done towards achieving some goal; people trying to accomplish something, achieve a goal ความพยายาม
efforts to minimise the risk posed by future floods
launch - to start something เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ
launch their own efforts to minimise the risk posed by future floods

Suparat Sirisuwannangkura, senior vice-president of Toyota Motor Thailand, said that in addition to government measures such as making floodways, industrial estate operators and manufacturers have to launch their own efforts to minimise the risk posed by future floods.

cope - to deal successfully with a difficult situation (make it manageable, not always solve problem)
รับมือกับ (See glossary)

"Even with the new dykes, some investors might not find it enough to cope with the floods," said Mr Suparat, also vice-chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries. Also, if an industrial estate is safe but the houses of employees living nearby are flooded, they cannot come to work.

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