Community Empowerment and Conservation Network Establishment
About the Implementing organization
Name: Community Mangrove Forest Conservation of Baan (village) Bang La
Year of establishment: 1993
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Women’s association or organization
With the rapid expansion of real estate business and massive tourism in Phuket province, the Baan Bang La community has been fighting for more than 20 years to protect the last piece of 192 ha-mangrove forest from land encroachment. The institutionalization of Community Mangrove Forest Conservation of Baan (village) Bang La is one of effective solutions in this initiative. As the community unites as one for managing their community mangrove forest by implementing the environmental projects, running local activities and leveraging their power and rights on negotiation towards the government's policy and private sector's infrastructure.
While the Community Mangrove Forest Conservation Group is the active mechanism, the community savings group is also the driving gear for the community action. The group aims to sustain the management covering 3 aspects; 1) alternative livelihood through community business, 2) financial security through savings and welfare schemes, 3) and sustainable natural resources management. The office of the savings group is also served as a multi-purpose building and a center of peer to peer support. When the foundation is concrete, the community is able to afford many interventions that invest for resilient coastal community. Those interventions were from GEF Small Grants Programme and Mangrove for the Future. Moreover, the network with the bordered communities in Phang Nga province where the same bay is shared has been forging strongly.
Forests / Oceans / 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 / Peace and security / Climate action
The 192 ha-mangrove forest is conserved and well managed by Baan Bangla-Community Mangrove Forest Conservation Group. The ecosystem service of this mangroves area is well-managed for use of local livelihood and the biodiversity is healthy.
Sustainable Development Impacts
With their efforts, they eventually have the management plan, restoration plan, and continuous activities for promoting and protecting this mangrove forest. The system is set up and passed on to their young generations for continuing the hard work and becoming the strong leader of this initiative.
Baan Bangla-Community Mangrove Forest Conservation Group has received many awards in environmental conservation aspect from the Green Globe Institute of Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT). The group and their mangrove forest is acknowledged by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources to be the community learning center for research and studies. The community was bestowed a forest conservation flag from H.M the queen in 2001 as became a group of Mangrove Protection Community Volunteer.
The strong networking to the bordered communities in Phang Nga province where the same bay is shared has been fostering healthy. Those network is from Baan Laemhin, Baan Ao Makham, Baan Khlong Khian, and Baan Thonglarng in the vicinity of Phang Nga Bay National Park. The villagers here typically depend on small-scale fishing, aquaculture, rubber cultivation and providing services to tourists. The initiative here is led by the Muslim women group named "Phang Nga Bay Savings Group Network for Social Development". Also, Baan Koh Maphrao (or Coconut Island), an islet just east of Phuket. Situated in Bangla-Sapum Bay, the village was a replication/area extension of the initiative with activities, especially on building awareness, capacity of youth group being focused. The youth camps on “Concerns for Mangrove” with students in the village school has been operated.
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