Key stakeholders empowered to engage in decision-making in support of sustainable management of coastal ecosystems

June 21, 2017

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Thailand

Key stakeholders empowered to engage in decision-making in support of sustainable management of coastal ecosystems

About the Implementing organization

Name: Phang Nga Bay Community Network

Country: Thailand

Year of establishment: 1993

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization

Description

> Preparation of a clear networking action plan, including events to commemorate mangrove protection efforts on 14 February each year.
> Involvement of youth groups for wider learning and networking.
> Empowerment of women’s groups through strengthening and application of local knowledge on wild foods.
> Establishment of a community fund of US$5,000 for use by 13 conservation groups in 18 different communities.
> An increase in understanding of coastal resources management among residents of Phuket, with at least 5,000 people joining events organized by the network and 600 people applying for membership in the network.

Nature Element

Forests / Coasts / Wetlands / Wildlife

Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education / Advocacy for land & water rights

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Disaster risk reduction / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

        

Environmental Impacts

> Protection of about 480 hectares of mangroves, and planting of an additional 15,000 mangrove trees.
> Establishment of a demonstration site for regenerating stocks of blue swimming crab (Portunus Pelagicus).
> Development of action plans with activities in mangrove rehabilitation, forest surveillance, zoning, and species regeneration.

Sustainable Development Impacts

Sustainable Development Goal 14— Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Creation of a coordinating network as a mechanism for managing mangroves and coastal resources. The voices of communities were heard publicly in both Phuket and Phang Nga provinces. In several cases, communities were able to establish a communal forest conservation area in the face of unsuitable and destructive development projects. This success was attributable both to direct community involvement and to the influence of good conservation practices.

Scalability

PNCN supports Phuket Women's Capacity Development Project to implement the “Holistic Management of Mangrove, Sea Grass, and Otter in Bangla-Sapum Bay” project. This project aimed to raise awareness on the value of a healthy ecosystem reliant on marine and coastal resources. The women’s group organized a mangrove training camp for local schools, and youth groups in Andaman region.

Replicability

PNCN supports Phuket Women's Capacity Development Project to implement the “Holistic Management of Mangrove, Sea Grass, and Otter in Bangla-Sapum Bay” project. This project aimed to raise awareness on the value of a healthy ecosystem reliant on marine and coastal resources. The women’s group organized a mangrove training camp for local schools, and youth groups in Andaman region.

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