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Coastal resources in Thailand are undergoing massive destruction and are being utilized in a highly unsustainable manner. Fisheries resources are being exploited to supply local and global markets alike without regard to long term sustainability or environmental destruction. Seagrass and coral reefs are being destroyed by these destructive fishing methods. Mangrove forests are likewise being depleted at an alarming rate due to encroachment for development projects and shrimp farming which is being unconditionally promoted to supply lucrative export markets. Corruption and already lax law enforcement are further fueled by Thailands status as the number one exporter world of marine products. The destruction of coastal resources has direct effects on local communities who depend on these resources for day to day survival. Direct dependence on natural resources and allow educational level compounds existing problems and creates further problems for these poor communities.

Participatory management of natural resources is seen as a means to alleviate further deterioration of the situation of both the natural resources and the local communities. Furthermore, it will help to add clarity to the activities of government in light of a deeply rooted patronage system and rampant corruption. A new constitution upholding the rights of local communities to participate in the anagement of natural resources and political reform in the wake of the Asian economic crisis indicate the atmosphere is ripe to scale up activities through more serious educational and policy advocacy campaigning at the national level.

Since 1991, Wildlife Fund Thailand has funded efforts to conserve coastal wetlands and coastal natural resources in southern Thailand. Efforts have evolved: first were surveys and publications on coastal resources; next were campaigns to save, conserve, and sustainably manage coastal resources and endangered species; followed by work with local communities for participatory management for long term sustainability of coastal ecosystems. The most recent phase now includes campaigning for better law enforcement and new and/or revised government policies towards coastal wetland resources.

Substantial gains have occurred but considerable more work is required to ensure the continuation of past progress and gains. The situation in the field with regard to human resources working on related issues is completely different from the period in which the project was first conceived and the period in which emphasis shifted to working toward local involvement through organizational and networking activities. Differences in available manpower and funding, different political and economic situations, a review of Wildlife Fund Thailands project team past efforts, and other factors was undertaken in preparation to draft a proposal for further intervention.

A participatory planning effort was undertaken to further review the present situation and evaluate the best direction for future work in light of the many new parameters and lessons learned from past efforts. The results of these workshops and project staff analysis are reflected in this proposal. Major components of the project include:

  1. media campaign to educate the general public and government officials
  2. campaign to advocate improved policies and laws
  3. demonstration site activities on participatory management of coastal resources
  4. networking, coordination and cooperation with partner organizations
  5. training of local NGO and community organization partners.


 
 
Andaman Oraganization for Participatory Restoration of Natural Resource (ARR)
24/28   Moo 1, Sakdidate Rd., Tambol Vichit, Maung, Phuket 83000

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