In 2007 Wetlands International, in partnership with Mangrove Action Project(MAP), applied for and received support from Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) to produce a demonstration site that showcased Ecological Mangrove Restoration techniques, in the Krabi River Estuary Ramsar site, southwest Thailand. Due to issues concerning site control there was a delay to the start of the work and a move from the intended village of Ban Talin Chan to the adjacent village of Ban Lang Da, both about 30km from Krabi town.
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.
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.
SANDAKAN MALAYSIA : Some of the 50 children from six Asian countries who spent five days at a camp here for the Wetland School Network (WSN) programme at the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), 24km from here, were in tears when they bade farewell to each other over the weekend.
Among them was a 12-year-old boy from China whose nickname was Roy.
In his farewell speech representing his country he said, “We are all a family and I’m sad today because we have to leave”.
Most of the fishery and coastal aquaculture activity, especially the crab farming, produces a lot of shells and other organic debris. Wetlands International ran some training on 30th December, to make bio fertilizer from this material, along with waste from households, uneaten vegetables and fruits. The training was given to the members who have been supported by ‘bio-rights’ small grants and other people who were interested.
Wetlands International and PTT ran a training activity on 17th December, 2010 and 29th-30th December for students from PalianpadungsitSchool, a local secondary school, and YongStarSchool, the local primary school. The main focus of the morning training was Coastal and Mangrove Ecology.