Defending against climate change – just down the road from UN meeting

05 October 2009 | Audio

It’s hard to believe that just a few hours' drive from Bangkok, where a key UN meeting on climate change recently took place, the impacts of climate change on coastal communities can be seen so clearly.



One place that is doing all it can to build up resilience to increasing sea levels and other natural disasters is the Srinart Rajini Mangrove Ecosystem Learning Centre in Pranburi.

Fifteen years after successfully converting abandoned shrimp farms in the Pranburi Estuary back into flourishing mangroves there is clear evidence that you can make a difference in protecting coastal areas and the livelihoods of local people.

It further showcases the importance of public-private and community partnerships for long-term sustainability and increased resilience to climate change effects.

Six Senses Resort & Spa, together with IUCN initiative Mangroves for the Future (MFF), has initiated a co-operative programme to support the conservation and management of the Srinart Rajini Mangrove Ecosystem Learning Centre in Pranburi.

Dr Janaka De Silva, is IUCN’s Programme Coordinator in Thailand. He took us on a walk through the mangrove forest.