Saturday, June 27, 2015

MAP-Asia staff joins meeting on new Coastal Resources Management Act

On June 9th and 10th, 2015 Jaruwan Enright (Ning) joined the IUCN-Thailand organized meeting in Bangkok as a partner of the Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC) project in preparation for the IUCN-Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) meeting on June 11th also in Bangkok.  Other IUCN-Thailand partner NGOs who were also implementing projects on the ground gathered to discuss and debate issues concerning Thailand’s new Coastal Resources Management Act, which will come into force at the end of 2015.
The new Act presents new opportunities for community engagement but there are concerns that if not properly implemented there could be significant negative impacts.

Under the new law, DMCR can designate Mangrove Conservation Areas and Marine and Coastal Resources as protected areas in order to save important coastal and marine resources. The new law encourages the participation of communities and local governments in conservation by forming multi-stakeholder platforms that can propose management plans for the marine and coastal resources.
Trat Province in the Eastern Gulf of Thailand will serve as one of the demonstration sites for the implementation of the new law. IUCN will work with DMCR on conducting field research, capacity building and multi-stakeholder dialogues to set up marine and coastal resource protected areas and management plans.

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