Farmers in Thailand are struggling to cope with growing droughts during the dry season and floods and mudslides during the monsoon. One way to get a grip on the huge masses of water and ensure there’s enough during the dry season are so-called "living fortifications." These dams are made of organic materials such as bamboo and sediment. The farmers near the Tha Di river can plan and build them themselves. They’re getting help from Germany's international development organization GIZ as well as scientists from Thailand who are measuring the speed of the river’s flow and researching marine life. The climate extremes in Thailand can be partially traced to huge rubber plantations that dry out the soil and prevent water from percolating the ground.
A film by Christian Uhlig