Mo Koh Similan National Park, Thailand
the Mo Ko Similan national park's staff is taking a 2x2 metre quadrate and monitoring equipment along with his park colleagues for marine and coastal resources monitoring at the Sirinard National Park

Workshop on long-term marine and coastal resources monitoring looks to improve management of Thailand’s marine protected areas

Staff from 11 marine national parks and 3 associated research centers learned how to use long-term marine and coastal resources monitoring as a basis for improving park management at a workshop in Sirinard National Park, Phuket, on 8-10 May 2012.     …  

16 May 2012 | News story

Building a clay dyke strengthened with local materials such as bamboo and giant mimosa poles.

Improving wetland functioning and services by developing a communal kaem ling (“monkey cheek”) water retention system at Wieng Nong Lom, Chiang Rai province

On 7–8 May 2012, MWD Thailand, together with the villagers of Ban Bha Sak Luang, a village bordering Wieng Nong Lom wetland, and the Thailand Research Fund (TRF), joined hands to build a clay dyke strengthened with local materials such as bamboo and giant mimosa poles. The communal dyke will serve to create a small reservoir – known in Thai as a kaem ling or “monkey cheek” after the animal’s practice of filling its cheeks with food – to retain water from the rainy season and maintain water levels during the dry season. It will supply local consumption needs as well as help to restore wetland vegetation and support the growth of wetland pasture managed as a communal grazing area.  

15 May 2012 | News story

Pa dek for sale at the Pakse, 2km market.

Travels along the Mekong Fish Market Chain

An early morning in late March, my IUCN colleague ,Vilavong, and I were in Naksang, Lao PDR (in the 4,000 islands) looking for transport to Pakse when a song teow (small truck converted into passenger vehicle) packed full of buckets of pa dek (fermented fish sauce, a staple of Lao cuisine) picked us up. 

08 May 2012 | News story
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Green Ride starting point at Mae Had Pier

A Green Parade for a Green Paradise

 A green parade of bike riders kicked off the ‘Keep Koh Tao Clean, Keep Koh Tao Green’ campaign on the morning of 28 April at Mae Haad pier on the west coast of the island. The event, aimed at raising islanders’ awareness of the growing waste problem, was part of the 2012 annual Koh Tao festival, organised by the Save Koh Tao community group, the Koh Tao Tambon Administrative Organization, and local businesses.          

30 Apr 2012 | News story

Dararat Weerapong, Senior Communications Officer, Southeast Asia Group, IUCN Asia

Interview with Dararat Weerapong

Dararat Weerapong is a new member of BCR project team. She serves as a Senior Communications Officer for Southeast Asia Group of IUCN. Apart from BCR, she also acts as a communications focal point for IUCN’s Mekong Water Dialogues. Prior to IUCN, she worked for Thailand Environment Institute, WWF, Stockholm Environment Institute and UNESCO Bangkok. She will share with us about her views on communications.   …  

12 Apr 2012 | Article
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Fisherman

Thai Small-scale Fisher-folks Network announced its declaration

This declaration represents the consolidated standpoint of small-scale coastal fisher-folk communities from both the Eastern Region and Southern Region of Thailand regarding their fundamental rights in protecting, conserving, rehabilitating and making use of coastal resources and coastal land in support of their livelihood security, food security and financial security. It also represents the views of these communities with respect to the FAO’s Voluntary Guidelines on Securing Small-scale Fisheries (VG-SSF). …  

12 Apr 2012 | Article
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AECEN Conference

IUCN SEA addressed linkage between CBD and climate change at AECEN Forum

IUCN Southeast Asia Programme was invited to participate in the Annual Regional Forum of Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) held on 28-30 March 2012 in Bangkok. The Forum was hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Thailand, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and the AECEN Secretariat. …  

11 Apr 2012 | Article
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Bangchan, Chanthaburi, Thailand

Building Firm Foundations for Climate Change Adaptation in Bang Chan Sub-district

Bang Chan Sub-district is located in Klung District, Chanthaburi Province in Eastern Thailand. The word klung is used to refer to frequently flooded low-lying areas, which already gives you some clues to the nature of Bang Chan Sub-district.   …  

11 Apr 2012 | Article
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Ban Rong Mai

Less water, more concern raises for climate change

Ban Rong Mai – “Come in, take a shower, it is so hot today,” that is such a strange but sweet welcome for two uninvited Vietnamese guests, like us, on arriving at Ban Rong Mai village, Bang Chan Sub-distrcit, Klung District, Chanthaburi province, Thailand. 

03 Apr 2012 | Article
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Mangroves in Kien Giang Province

First BCR Coastal Forum 2012: some impressions

I was part of the Vietnamese group that attended the first EU-funded Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) Coastal Forum that was held in Chanthaburi, Thailand on February 29-March 2, 2012. Throughout the three days, I was impressed by the high level of participation, the high quality of most of the presentations, and the amount that the three BCR countries - Thailand, Cambodia, and Viet Nam - can learn from each other. Several things struck me from the forum. …  

20 Mar 2012 | Article
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    Lessons learned of Mangroves for the Future (MFF) in Thailand

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