Mo Koh Similan National Park, Thailand
Land preparation demonstration in Myae Ni Gone Village.

Preserving our Water Resources: Lessons from Inle Lake

Nong Haan Lake in Sakon Nakhon Province is the largest natural lake in Northeast Thailand, and is facing a set of challenges including water pollution and declining fishery resources. Recently two community leaders from Nong Haan, accompanied by representatives from Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University and IUCN Thailand, visited Inle Lake in Myanmar to draw lessons and inspiration from the way Inle communities use their water resources. …  

25 Mar 2014 | Article

SOS, Siamese Rosewood

Supporting our forest guardians

Almost exactly a year ago, on the 14th of March 2013, 33-year old Thaweesak Chomyong, a ranger working in Thailand’s Pang Sida National Park was fatally shot when a group of poachers fired upon his patrol team before fleeing the scene. This was not an isolated incident. The neighbouring Thap Lan National Park (TLNP), part of the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also bearing the brunt of this poaching epidemic, in particular the poaching of Siamese rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis). …  

21 Mar 2014 | News story

Tiger photographed by camera-trap in Thailand

Protecting our wild inheritance

SOS founding partner, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) featured an article on SOS to mark World Wildlife Day, March 3 2014. Focusing on the extensive and varied work of SOS grantee projects to address wildlife crime what follows illustrates just how broad and multi-faceted the challenge is that we face.   March 3 has officially been recognized as World Wildlife Day thanks to a recent decision taken by the United Nations and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). The intention is to mark one day in our busy lives as a celebration of the beauty and diversity of plants and animals with which we share the world. One of the key aims of this day is to raise awareness of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime. …  

05 Mar 2014 | News story

Black Tiger Prawn, the two main species of Thai shrimp farms.

Thai shrimp farming: going green?

In January, as part of a BMU-funded project to support mangrove conservation though improved shrimp farming practices in Viet Nam and Thailand, I attended a conference in Chanthaburi Province, the largest area of shrimp culture in Thailand. …  

27 Feb 2014 | Article

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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    Lessons learned of Mangroves for the Future (MFF) in Thailand

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