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Wetlands International-Thailand Office, in collaboration with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Surat Thani provincial Fisheries office, the Office of Mangrove Resource Development Station 12 and 14 and the Ban Don Bay Conservation Network (BBCN), is implementing a project called “Reversing Environmental Damage through Community Focused Sustainable Livelihoods in Ban Don, Surat Thani Province”. The project is implemented with financial support from the Mangrove for the Future (MFF). The project will be implemented from May 2009 up to April 2011. More..

 Policy advocacy for Ao Ban Don – finding solutions to problems.

WI attended the national reform task force committee meeting on “The current situation of the land title management system, environmental and natural resource management” at Pisanulok Government House, Bangkok.The Prime Minister officially announced on 5 July 2010 the establishment of the National Reform Committee. The committee has five missions as follows: 1) to develop strategies, approaches, guidelines and working processes for national reform, 2) to propose  means of implementing national reform of government and the public sector, 3) to coordinate a National Reform Assembly to gather information, feedback and suggestions concerning national reform, 4) to work closely with the National Reform Assembly to support and monitor the effectiveness of reform, 5) to set up a task force to take action on particular issues.

 Ban Don Bay Conservation Network Meeting

Encouraging community networking was an important strategy for building participatory mangrove and coastal resource management capacity in the Ban Don Bay area. Working together as a network with efficient management helped to empower local communities to negotiate and find better ways to solve their problems.  The Ban Don Bay fishing communities represented 7 districts that have been working together on coastal resource conservation and management for at least 7 years. 

 Mangrove inventory training

Wetlands International (WI), Surat Thani Office, organized a training course on “Mangrove Inventory”   for community members in the Ban Don Bay Conservation Network, as part of a livelihoods development project inspired by the bio-rights concept. The objective of the course was to train key villagers on the principles and techniques of mangrove inventory and restoration monitoring, so that they could take that knowledge back to their own communities. Thirty-six community members attended the training. It was organized in collaboration with the Regional Mangrove Management Office no. 4, the Centre for Mangrove Extension Learning and Development no. 3, the Mangrove Management Unit 13 and 14, the Ban Don Bay Conservation Network (BDCN), and the Social and Environmental Health Project. The training was funded by the Health Fund, Thai Health Promotion Foundation.

 Training of Trainer: ‘Building Individual Capacity for Mangrove Restoration’

Reversing Environmental Damage through Community Focused Sustainable Livelihoods in Ban Don Bay, Thailand  project organized a Training of Trainer session called ‘Building Individual Capacity for Mangrove Restoration’ on 2nd-3rd July 2010 at the Grand Saowalak Hotel, Surat Thani Province. The aim was to improve skills and understanding of the new technology and science surrounding mangrove restoration, of staff from related organizations who would apply this knowledge during mangrove restoration projects.

 Reversing Environmental Damage through Community Focused Sustainable Livelihoods in Ban Don Bay, Thailand project organized the second meeting of project’s advisory committee (PAC)

Reversing Environmental Damage through Community Focused Sustainable Livelihoods in Ban Don Bay, Thailand  project organized the second meeting of project’s advisory committee was on 10th June 2010 at Surat Thani city hall. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Governor Mr. Jirawat Singhdee. Important items on the agenda were the report of the project’s progress, seven project proposals ready for financial support, the method by which the PAC considers proposals, and a report of Ban Don Bay’s coastal situation and challenges.

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