Mo Koh Similan National Park, Thailand
Rosewood seized in Pang Sida National Park

(Un)protected Areas: Rosewood Poaching in Thailand’s Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai World Heritage Site

The Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex encompasses some of the most pristine forests and wildlife habitats in Thailand and is globally important for its biodiversity; that is why it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. However, in recent years, the four national parks and wildlife sanctuary that form this World Heritage Site have come under increasing pressure from illegal logging of Rosewood. …  

24 Feb 2014 | Article

Group photo of Wetland governance in Asia workshop

Workshop on wetlands governance in Asia: Report published

IUCN published a report on the “Wetlands Governance Workshop” as a result of the workshop held in Pakse in Lao PDR from 21 to 23 August 2013.  

22 Jan 2014 | Article
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Public Hearings Thai Style

In November 2013, with funding from the Finnish government-financed Mekong Water Dialogues, IUCN lead a team from the Mekong Delta to Thailand to observe a public hearing organised by local NGOs on an expensive and controversial flood prevention plan that the Thai government has developed after the devastating floods of 2011. The US$12 billion plan proposes the construction of dams, dikes, and water diversions schemes. Very little is earmarked for “soft” approaches such as restoring floodplains to increase floodwater retention capacity, despite that fact that climate change models indicate more intense rainfall events. …   | Vietnamese

17 Jan 2014 | Article
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Module 5 workshop

Community participation in revising Thailand’s proposed flood prevention plans

The Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) project aims to improve water governance in the Mekong region. For this, community participation and involvement are imperative. The Thai government had decided to invest 350 billion Baht in a nationwide flood management scheme. This proposed plan followed after the damaging floods in 2011, which caused losses to the tune of $40 billion. …  

18 Dec 2013 | Article
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A public hearing workshop in Nakon Phathom province

Ways ahead for Thailand’s integrated water resource management law

To mainstream active stakeholder participation in decision-making on water resources, public involvement is a key objective of the Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) project. The MWD Thailand component has actively progressed in this direction, with the formulation of the people’s draft on the “integrated water resource management law”. This is a collaborative effort between the Law Reform Commission of Thailand, the NGO Assembly for the Protection of Environment and Natural Resources, the Asia Foundation, and IUCN under MWD. …  

17 Dec 2013 | Article
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Klong Takian Village’s Big Clean-up Day

Klong Takian Village’s Big Clean-up Day

As they continue to learn more about climate change, the children of Mai Root Sub-district of Trat province take action to reduce some of its impacts with a huge garbage collection effort at Kong Takian Village. …  

16 Dec 2013 | Article
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SDF’s staff share information and knowledge about ecosystem-based and equitable approaches to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

ASEAN Day for Disaster Management Showcase

2013 ‘ASEAN Day for Disaster Management’ showcases projects and responses focused on differently abled and other marginalized groups.  …  

15 Dec 2013 | Article
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Climate Change Animation Competition judging panel

Thai PBS-IUCN awarded the winners of Climate Change Animation

14 December 2013, Bangkok – The Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) and IUCN collaborated to raise public awareness on climate change through the Climate Change Animation competition. After months of campaigning and university tours nationwide, 92 teams of university students submitted four-minute animations to the competition. …  

14 Dec 2013 | Article
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Chief guests and organisers of the Science Film Festival 2013

Science and cinema: Raising environmental awareness using film

The 9th Science Film Festival was inaugurated on 15 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Goethe-Institut is the leading organiser, together with the Ministry of Education and the National Science Museum. IUCN is one of the partners of this annual festival, under its Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) project. …  

15 Nov 2013 | Article
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Villagers mapping potential eco tourism sites

Enhancing Sustainable Resource Management Capacity in Thailand

Pang Sida, a mountainous forest area in Eastern Thailand that forms part of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site Dong-Phyayen-Kao Yai Forest Complex, has been selected as the first demonstration site for the Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF) supported project “Enhancing Sustainable Resource Management Capacity in Protected Areas in Asia”. The IUCN project, which also includes contributions from WCPA Regional Vice-Chair for East Asia, Dr. Yoshitaka Kumugai, aims to contribute to the achievement of Aichi Target 11* through enhancing sustainable conservation and management of protected areas in Asia by developing and implementing action plans for priority sites and by widely disseminating the experiences and lessons learned. …  

07 Nov 2013 | Fact sheet
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