Thailand’s relationship with IUCN began in 1948 when it was one of the first Asian countries that was a signatory to IUCN’s Charter. In the 1950s and early 1960s IUCN assisted the Royal Thai government in the establishment of a national park and wildlife conservation network in Thailand. In 1962, Thailand joined IUCN as a state member. In the 1980s, IUCN gave support to Royal Thai Government on the development of a watershed classification system. In the late 1990s, IUCN provided information and discussion on the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and a review of the Thai Forest Master Plan. IUCN has located its regional office in Thailand since the early 1990s with the Thailand Programme beginning in 2001.
The IUCN Thailand Programme is executed through partnerships with government agencies, non-governmental organisations and community based organisations.
Current projects implemented in Thailand include:
- Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD)
- Mangrove for the Future (MFF)
- CEPF Indo-Buma Biodiversity Hotspot
- Building Resilience to Cliamte Change Impacts - Coastal Southeast Asia (BCR)
- USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC)
- Dolphin conservation along the coastline of the Thai and Cambodian border