Mo Koh Similan National Park, Thailand
Surakit Laeaddee and his worker hold up a shrimp net at his shrimp farm in Leam Fa Pha, Thailand, January 26, 2016.

Asia shrimp farmers restock mangrove "supermarket" by going organic

A recent article published by Thomson Reuters Foundation highlights how the introduction of organic shrimp production in Thailand thanks to the Mangroves and Markets project is stemming mangrove degradation and protecting delicate ecosystems.  The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).  An excerpt from the article can be found below, including a link to the full article on the Thomson Reuters Foundation website.  

01 Feb 2016 | Article

Black pigs in Hae Ko village

New fact sheets highlight the costs and benefits of adaptation options

Under the USAID Mekong ARCC project, IUCN Thailand assisted four villages in Thailand’s Chiang Rai and Sakon Nakhon Provinces to implement adaptation activities that would strengthen the resilience of their livelihoods and local ecosystem to the projected impacts of climate change. The project has now produced several fact sheets describing some of the costs and benefits of the adaptation options implemented in these communities. …  

01 Feb 2016 | Fact sheet

The MOU was signed by Ms. Suthiluck Raviwan, Director General for DMCR and Dr. Chamniern Vorratnchaiphan, Country Representative for IUCN Thailand, with Mr. Sakda Wichiansin, Deputy Director-General for DMCR, Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director for IUCN Asia, Dr. Pinsak Suraswadi, Director for Marine and Coastal Resources and Development Institute and Mr. Petch Manopawitr, Deputy for IUCN Southeast Asia Group, acting as witnesses.

Coastal ecosystems to benefit from cooperation between DMCR and IUCN

The signing of an MOU on January 28 between the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, marks a significant step toward improved management of coastal resources and ecosystems in Thailand. Among other objectives, the formal partnership seeks to ensure that conservation and enforcement tools under the newly adopted Promotion of Marine and Coastal Resources Management Act are implemented for the benefit of coastal communities and ecosystems.  …  

29 Jan 2016 | Article

Sunda Pangolin, 2015A-075, ZSL, Pangolin Conservation Initiative, dan challender, SOS Save Our Species

Saving the World's most illegally traded wild mammal

Pangolins are the most heavily poached and trafficked mammals on the planet. Until recently, most people didn’t even know they existed. Earlier this year, a major new conservation initiative was launched to raise awareness of pangolins and address the key threats to their survival. …  

23 Jan 2016 | News story

Jane Lawton, Head of IUCN Asia Communications  and Private Sector Engagement, helped participants gain an overview of ecosystems services and business environments.

IUCN and MFF highlight importance of sustainable tourism for members of Pacific Asia Travel Association

Sustainable tourism was the focus at the recent PATA Academy, held in Bangkok from December 1-3, 2015. Organized by the Pacific Asia Tourism Authority (PATA), the Academy was attended by PATA members from nine countries in the region, and had the goal of giving participants a better understanding of the importance of the environment in which their organizations operate.  …  

29 Dec 2015 | Article

Participants of the exchange visit met at the Land Development Station of Doi Mae Salong

Learning from change: Sharing lessons on climate change adaptation from three villages in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand

How can villagers in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand, adapt to climate change? One way is by learning from their neighbours.
In December 2015, 49 community members from 11 different villages joined an exchange visit to neighbouring Loh Yo, Hae Ko and Huai Kang Pla villages that the USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) project helped to implement ecosystem- and community-based adaptation initiatives. …  

22 Dec 2015 | Article

Butterfly fish and snappers in Trao Reef Marine Reserve, Van Ninh District, Khanh Hoa Province

Blue Economy for Climate Change Resilience: Towards Partnerships and Collaboration

On 23 November 2015, representatives from 11 countries, experts from international agencies, civil society and NGOs will come together for a thematic consultation on the “Blue Economy for Climate Change Resilience: Towards Partnerships and Collaboration” in Bangkok, Thailand. The consultation, which is co-organised by the Embassy of Bangladesh and IUCN’s Asia Regional Office, will focus on creating a roadmap for regional cooperation to promote a vision for Blue Economy in South and South East Asia. …  

18 Nov 2015 | Article

The meaningful consultation and participation of indigenous peoples and local communities, such as these Baka women in Cameroon, is an important aspect of the pro-poor approach for REDD

Report calls on aluminium industry to respect indigenous peoples' rights

Geneva, Switzerland, 16 November 2015 – While global demand for the world’s most popular metal – aluminium – continues to rise, it is critical that the aluminium industry address its environmental and social impacts, particularly in indigenous peoples’ territories, according to new report published today by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Forest Peoples Programme (FFP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  

16 Nov 2015 | Article

Participants at COMACON 2015

Managing natural resources better together: conference in Bangkok explores the status of co-management in Bangladesh and the region

In many areas around the world, co-management is recognised as a successful approach to natural resources management. Co-management is a fairly new concept. In the past, many societies had closed systems for the management of natural resources, where one or maybe a few parties, for example, managed the resources (for example, a forest) and decided on its uses and the distribution of its benefits. …  

12 Nov 2015 | Article

Mangrove trees in front of the Marriott Sathorn Vista in Bangkok

Mangroves for the Future: Engaging the private sector in supporting coastal resilience in Thailand

Two years ago, IUCN, in collaboration with Mangroves for the Future, launched a partnership with Marriott Hotels & Resorts Thailand to support coastal communities and mangrove restoration efforts in Thailand. Mangrove trees were set up in front of the seven Marriott hotels in Bangkok, and each hotel property in Thailand has been raising funds from their guests which have supported mangrove replanting at degraded sites around Thailand. …  

29 Oct 2015 | Article

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  • Case study: IUCN's Ecosystem-based Approach: Mae Chan Watershed in Northern Thailand (2012)

    Case study: IUCN's Ecosystem-based Approach: Mae Chan Watershed in Northern Thailand (2012)

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    6 Steps of Tai Baan Research

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    Lessons learned of Mangroves for the Future (MFF) in Thailand

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