Thailand: Empowering local communities from mountains to coast

October 2008

Thailand has a long history in community based natural resource management that has resulted in a number of actively managed areas across the country. Over the years, community forestry has been enhanced through the support of the government and NGOs and by the strengthening of local level institutions, such as conservation committees, village development funds, tourism and women’s committees. Since 2007, IUCN’s Livelihoods and Landscapes initiative has been bringing all these stakeholders together in two selected landscapes to better integrate their work.

Department of Water Resources. located in Chiang Rai Province. Livelihoods and Landscapes facilitates collective decisions that will propel community forestry to the next level. Tambon MaeSalongNok Administration organizaton. FOREST CONSERVATION PROGRAMME For more information. Thailand Environment Insititute. IUCN’s support in producing biofertilizer from crop residue (especially corn) will help reduce fertilizer cost to one-fifth ( 6 baht/kg) and will generate more income through the production of organic tea Credits photographs: © Andrew Ingles.iucn. Leader of the local community welfare network. Action Aid. forest restoration work has been designed to make the land more resilient and useful to local communties. • • Coastal Forest Ecosystem IUCN members and partners include: Department of Marine Coastal Resources. From mountain watershed to coastline. local communites are being empowered to: • • Develop markets for non timber forest and agricultural products that promote sustainable livelihoods Create a sustainable tourism network that will improve their livelihoods and conserve their outstanding natural and cultural resources Generate spatial information about land-use and landusers that supports their quest for secure land tenure rights Strengthen their voices in having their community management plans recognized Doi Mae Salong Watershed IUCN members and partners include: Supreme Commanders Office. Patung Tambon Administration Organization. please contact IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature): Janaka De Silva: .000 rai of tea plantation per year which cost 30 baht per kg.” Mr. In the Doi Mae Salong forest/watershed ecosystem. Royal Forest Department. “ Currently we use more than 2. Mae Salong Nok Tambon Administration Organization. Royal Forest Department. Raks Thai (CARE).. community conservation groups and local tour operators. Land Development Department.Fusing scientific expertise with local knowledge. local Tambon Authorities. a landscape “reef to ridge” approach to the rehabilitation and management of this stretch of coastline is underway. Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment. Hill Area Development Foundation (local NGO). Department of Maine and Coastal Resource. Plant A Tree Today Foundation. Mae Fah Luang Foundation and the Chiang Mai University Forest Landscape Restoration Unit. Department of Fisheries and Department of Local Administration. Along the coast from Northern Phang Nga Province to Ranong Province. Community Development Department. Kuraburi Environmental Network. Land Development Department.500 tons of chemical fertilizer for 5. IUCN www. Department of Agriculture and Extension. Paiboon Tantaramonton.

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