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Nearly 100 of the rare scaly anteaters, worth about £20,000, were found in a truck bound for Vietnam or China
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Fishing cats have left their footprints here and there on the soft surface of a mangrove area in Sam Roi Yot National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan. The night hunter can walk for kilometres in search of food each day. Sadly, their wetland habitat is gradually being destroyed, while the number of cats has dramatically reduced in recent years.
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Two hundred and thirty million years ago, the first crocodilians evolved from archosaurs or "ruling reptiles" during the mid-Triassic period of the Mesozoic era when primitive dinosaurs also roamed the planet. Crocodiles have changed little in body structure since then. Apart from birds, these reptiles are the only living archosaurs.
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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.
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Wetlands International – Thailand Office (WI-TO) and Mangrove Action Project (MAP) have joined forces to develop a demonstration site at Bang Lang Da, Krabi, southwest Thailand. With initial funding from the Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development and encouragement from the Thailand Environment Institute, the team has started to rehabilitate a former aquaculture pond back to a full mangrove ecosystem.
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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”.
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Wetlands International Thailand Office and many partners celebrated World Wetlands Day 2011 and Ramsar’s 40th anniversary on 7 February 2011 at Ban Don Bay (Tha Chang District), Surat Thani Province, Southern Thailand. The activities of the celebrations included coastal and mangrove exhibitions, mangrove planting and restoration, the release of crab and fish, and a nature game. (Pictures)
Our Thailand Office also participated in a second World Wetlands Day 2011 celebration on 2-3 February 2011 at the Marruay Garden Hotel, Bangkok, which features an exhibit on wetlands conservation. The celebration is organized by the Thai Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP). (Pictures)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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-3rdJuly 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.
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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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On 8th June 2010, the network-level committee met to consider and improve eight SGF projects proposed by communities requesting financial support. The committee considered several proposals involving activities and groups.
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There are several communities participating in the project. Most of them have issues relating to local natural resource access or their limited quantity, both directly and indirectly. The mechanism by which financial assistance is delivered to small groups ensures that participants are also committed to participate in mangrove conservation and restoration activities. Since the financial support was launched, many proposals for small grants have been submitted.
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A campaign was launched on 3rd – 4th March 2010 to build awareness of the need to conserve and restore coastal and marine natural resources. This campaign involved the cooperation of Ban Don Bay Conservation Network (BBCN), the Loving Life-Preserving Environment project, and other governmental organizations such as the Royal Thai Army Fourth Area (Southern), the Surat Thani’s Provincial Administrative Organization, Surat Thani municipality, and the Surat Thani’s Natural Resources and Environment Office.
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A preliminary mangrove survey and assessment was conducted by staff from the Global Environment Center (GEC), Malaysia. They were Mr.Chee Tong Yiew, Mr. Balu Perumal and Miss Chin Sing Yun who surveyed communities in Ban Don Bay and mangrove plantations, between 19th-21st January 2010.
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To help the communities’ livelihood building efforts, the project operation office together with the Ban Don Bay Conservation Network (BDCN) held a meeting on 28th October 2009, at the Siam Thani Hotel, Surat Thani province.
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After the appointment and endorsement of the project’s provincial-level advisory committee, the first meeting was organized for 1st December 2009. On this occasion, the Surat Thani governor appointed Khun Jirawach Singh-di, the deputy governor to act as the chairman of the meeting. However, as Khun Jirawach was unable to attend the meeting, Khun Kriengsak Makmee, the head of the province’s Natural Resources and Environment Department, was chosen to chair the meeting instead.
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In July and August 2009, the coastal area f Ban Don Bay e.g. Lee Led in Punpin, Tha Thong and Ta Kian Thong in Kanchanadit, Phum Riang in Chai Ya, Khao Tarn in Tha Chang, Klong Cha Nak in Muang districts were visited and villagers interviewed in order to carry out a rapid assessment of the status of mangrove ecosystem main threats and actors involved (industry, sub-district government, DMCR, local people).
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An inception workshop was held on 27-28 August, 2009, at the Nipa Garden Hotel, Surat Thani. This workshop provided a forum to present and discuss results of activities carried out during inception period.
The workshop was attended by 60 representatives from MFF, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), Office of Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), Surat Thani Provincial Administrative Organization, Surat Thani Provincial Fisheries Office, Regional Environmental Office, Ban Don Bay Conservation Network and community. The meeting was officially opened by Deputy-Governor of Surat Thani; Mr. Damri Boonjing. After opening session, Project Coordinator Mr. Jirapong Jeewarongkakul presented overall activities carried out during the first three months. This was followed by presentations concerning:
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On 7th May 2009 at Nipa Garden Hotel, the Wetlands International-Thailand Office team held a series of meetings with different officers from the participating agencies and some additional stakeholders. A total of 59 people participated in this workshop, including MFF Thailand National Coordinating Body (NCB), villagers from local communities around Ban Don Bay, Mangrove Resources Development Station (13 & 14), Surat Thani Provincial Administrative Organization, Lee Led sub-district administrative organization, IUCN, Wetlands International, and Global Environment Center (GEC).
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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.
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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.
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Mangroves were planted for the King (Father’s day on 5th December) and Queen’s birthday (Mother's Day on 12th August) by Pikulthong soft shell crab culture group via the Green Coast II project. The 25 members of the soft shell crab group planted 1200 mangrove seedlings in an area that has previously been cut over, measuring approximately 0.5ha, near Moo 3 of Tha Kham sub-district, in an effort to replace the lost mangrove trees.
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After explaining the ‘bio-rights’ concept to the local people, Wetlands International – Thailand managed to get two contracts signed with the floating fish culture group of Moo 6 (Village 6) and the local fishery and conservation group of Moo 9. The grant supports their livelihoods including repair of fishing gear and buying new gear and equipment and buying the small fish (fingerlings) for fish culture.
Restoration and conservation activities,
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Wetland restoration and livelihood benefits go hand in hand in the three Thai provinces of Krabi, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat. A field study past June showed that different approaches in the three regions are effective in their own way and impressed officials from other regions.
Mud crab farming in mangroves and abandoned shrimp pond restoration in Surat Thani Province, as well as rubbish collection and recycling in Krabi Province have generated higher income and less dependence on extractive activities, plus increased environmental awareness. Furthermore, in Nakhon Sri Thammarat province abandoned shrimp pond restoration with mangroves resulted in production diversification.
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An international effort to protect coastal wetlands by assigning them carbon credits kicked off last week in Paris. The aim is to do for some wetland plants — mangroves, seagrasses and salt marshes – what carbon credits have done for trees.
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Mangrove, seagrass and tidal marsh ecosystems sequester up to five times more carbon than tropical rainforests, say marine scientists who are calling for their protection.
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