Project facility boat service dock with SGF grantee and UNDP ... , Thailand © SSereepaowong , 2010
This project aimed to strengthen the capacity of community members in designing environment friendly tourism activities, as well as to improve local environmental governance in coastal areas.
Ban Bangkhonthi is a coastal community in Rawai, a sub-district of southern Phuket. Once an isolated fishing village, it now finds itself surrounded by growing urbanization with hotels, resorts and expensive housing. Most people in Ban Bangkhonthi earn a living from small-scale fishing and providing services for tourists.
Twenty-five community members involved in small-scale fishing and earning supplementary income from tourism.
Project beneficiaries became more organized in designing eco-friendly tourist products, including a tourist boat facility where boating standards and regulations are displayed.
The leadership of the youth group was interrupted during the project, resulting in limited participation by its members. Project meetings were difficult to organize because most participants had regular work or other business during the day. The project resolved this problem by holding meetings in the evenings.
The project increased its visibility by co-hosting an event on water transport safety with local small-scale tourist businesses.
Gradually encouraging community members to meet and talk with different stakeholders, especially government agencies, helped to build local confidence and mutual trust.
Chalong Bay (from Cape Phanwa to Ban Bangkhonthi), Phuket, Thailand
1st Oct 2009 to 31st Oct 2010
The Green Fins Association made a cash contribution of US$6,174, and together with the participating community made an in-kind contribution valued at US$3,067. The Phuket Marine Biological Centre made an in-kind contribution valued at US$2,966.
Ms Kanyarat Kosavisutte
Green Fins Association
34/52 Moo 8, Soi Boonbandarn,
Sakdidet Road, Vichit, Muang,
Phuket 83000, Thailand
Tel: +66 81 6917309