Kids planting mangroves , Thailand © SSereepaowong , 2008
This project aimed to rehabilitate and protect mangroves and coastal resources in Phang Nga Bay by engaging people from all sectors of society.
The Phang Nga Bay Coastal Fishing Community Food Security Project was launched in 2000 by local developers and youth groups. Its original aim was to promote the participation of community-based organizations in managing coastal resources and strengthening their economic self-reliance. This small grant project sought to build on the achievements of the initiative.
A total of 600 households from 19 communities, situated mostly in the middle part of Phang Nga Bay.
Thanks to the project 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.
The project sought to promote participation by men and women equally. Women’s leaders were observed to be more open and more willing to talk about the conflicts or problems facing their communities.
Appropriately designed project activities can stimulate communities to take part in protecting coastal ecosystems.
Phang Nga Bay, Phang Nga and Phuket, Thailand
1st May 2009 to 30th Nov 2010
The participating communities made cash and in-kind contributions of US$2,087 and US$30,167 respectively. The Thai Health Promotion Foundation contributed US$12,895 in cash.
Mr Pichet Parndam
Phang Nga Bay Coastal Fishing Community
39 Moo 3, Pa Klork, Thalarng,
Phuket 83110, Thailand
Tel: +66 89 8731051