Thailand
The GEF Small Grants Programme provides small grants; - much more of the resources comes from the individual communities themselves, mostly in kind. And that brings forth some remarkable community collaboration.
Mr. Robert England
UNDP Resident Representative, Thailand
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Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 1993
# of Projects 410
Total Grant Amount US$ 6,735,211
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 2,191,353
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 7,830,435

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Biodiversity
Chemicals
Climate Change Mitigation
International Waters
Land Degradation
Global Publications
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This publication highlights the work of the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) in the international waters focal area that not only generates global environmental benefi ts through community-based management approach to international waters issues, while assisting communities to increase theirresilience and adapt to climate change.

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Country Impact

SGP Policy Influence at the Local, Regional or National Level:

  • 15 SGP-supported projects being up-scaled by the Environment Fund of the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment

  • 5 municipalities proclaiming regulations and act /providing financial supports to promote SGP experiences

  • One public enterprise (Metropolitan Waterworks Authority) pledging 600,00 US $ for SGP Thailand during GEF-5

  • Thailand GEF SGP being a deliver mechanism for IUCN Mangrove For the Future Small Grants Fund (MFF/SGF)

  • 4 SGP projects being selected as a demonstration site of two full-sized GEF IW projects (UNDP-PEMSEA & UNEP South China Sea)

  • 4 projects being approached as models for the current "Community Land Title Deed"

SGP projects documented and published:

  • At least 10 projects documenting and publishing experience for disseminating to wider public (booklets and TV-aired pieces)

  • At least 10 projects becoming publicly suggested learning places

Awards
2013 - Very Good Award

Awarded by the Energy Committee of the Senate, Ministry of Energy, the Office of National Research Committee, to SGP funded project THA/SGP/OP5/Y2/STAR/CC/12/12

2013 - Excellence Award

Awarded by  the Energy Committee of the Senate, Ministry of Energy, the Office of National Research Committee, to SGP funded project THA/SGP/OP5/Y2/STAR/CC/12/05

2012 - Water Resources Management by Communities Award from the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute, a public organization

Won by Bangprog Community, Pathumthani Province. The project received a "best practice" award from HAII award for its activity to up-scale and forge networking to cover wider area regarding community waste management.

2012 - Best Research Award of Thailand Research Fund

Won by Thai Baan Association/ Farmers’ Community Institute. The research work awarded to the grantee was focused on integrated food production by sustainable agricultural practice which was the essence of this SGP project.

2010 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by Mr. Niwat Roykaew, project leader, Chiangrai Province. The project leader has been playing significant roles in mobilizing communities along the Mekong River for conservation work, resulting in a wider collaboration and the established Ing-Mekong Basin Natural Resources Protection Network as well as in policy dialogue for community adaptation to the impact from dam construction across the Mekong, an international water supporting livelihood of over 70 million people.

2009 - Water Resources Management by Communities Award from the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute, a public organization

Won by Bangprog Community, Pathumthani Province. The project received an honorary price of this award from HAII for its initiative to protect water course by reducing excessive nutrients from households. Village that Learns.

2009 - Water Resources Management by Communities Award from the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute, a public organization

Won by Mae La-oop Basin Network Organization, Chiangmai Province. The grantee received the 2nd price of this award from HAII for its initiative to use flowing water in a small river to power a paddy mill reducing the use of grid electricity / fossil fuels. Villages that Learn.

2009 - Water Resources Management by Communities Award from the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute, a public organization

Won by Baan (village) Pha Chan, Ubonratchathani Province. The village which is one of the targeted villages of the 2 proponents received the 1st price of this award organized by the HAII. Community members of this village devised an apparatus to conserve energy in water electric pump. Villages that Learn.

2009 - reen Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by Mr. Phairoj Chuwongsakorn, Project member, Nakhornsithamarat Province. This project member turned 2.5 acres of his field into a family forest garden with over 200 native plant of nutritious and medicinal species , with a catchphrase " grow what you eat, eat what you grow".The practice was replicated to cover over 200 families in Park Phanang Basin in Nakhornsithammarat Province.

2009 - Outstanding Democratic villages Award

Won by Pluak Ngarm Village, Phitsanuloke Province. The village was awarded for its outstanding participatory process in community development from the Office of the Prime Minister's Department of Public Relation.

2009 - Honorary Master Degree in Environment

Won by Ms. Chaluay Kawaonark, project leader, Pathumthani Province. The project leader was bestowed with an Master of Science in Environment Protection from Kasetsart University on July 30, 2009.

2008 - Outstanding Woman for Environment Conservation Award

Won by Ms. Chaluay Kawaonark, project leader, Pathumthani Province. The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security bestowed this award on the International Women's Day 2008 for protecting water course by reducing excessive nutrients from households through community initiative.

2008 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by Ms. Chaluay Kawaonark, project leader, Pathumthani Province. The project leader was a model of real practice in waste management and youth activities at local level. Major works involved youth education, revival of traditional activities and reversal of degradation of local water course.

2008 - Beautiful Forest – Clean Water Award from the CSR programme of the Siam Commercial Bank Ltd.

Won by: 

  • CBO Network for Conservation and Rehabilitation of Phu Pha Deang Forest
  • Petchabun Province, Dong Na Tharm Community Forest Network, Ubonratchathani Province
  • Lahorkkrasang Forest and Environment Conservation Network, Burirum Province
  • Phu Wiang Youth and Disables Development Association, Khonkaen Province
  • Par Dong Nong Iad Forest Conservation and Restoration Group, Roi-et Province

These SGP projects applied as candidates for the awards and were selected to receive honorary certificates based on past performance (under SGP support) and planned activities to use the monetary award effectively.

2008 - 80 Golden Jubilee Community Energy Plan Award

16 villages in Tambol Ta Ong, Surin Province. Tambol (sub-district) Ta Ong , targeted community of the project, was one among 79 other communities throughout the country to receive honorary certificate from the Ministry of Energy for its community energy plan.

2007 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by Phu Pha Khao Concervation Network, Loei Province. The network was established as a result of these two SGP projects for its watershed protection. The network , now with members from 16 villages, is successful in launching wider campaigns to watch over would-be improper infrastructure development projects in Pha Khao District, Loei Province.

2007 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Dong Na Tham Community Forest Network, Ubonratchathani Province. The network was a model of building community capacity in 36 villages to oversee community forest of over 8,000 ha , to use community-based research to address mono-plantation and water management issue. Moreover, the project promote youth roles in local administration aiming to push through environment policy and local education curriculum.

2006 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by Phu Tham Phu Kratae Rehabilitation and Conservation Group, Khonkaen Province.The group was awarded due to its up-scaled members from 15 to 27 villages in project location in 1999, followed by practicing a variety of environmentally-friendly occupation and other degradation-reversing activities.

2005 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by Children-for-Bird Conservation Club, Chaiyaphum Province. The project was up-scaled to cover 19 community schools who applied natural learning process and used birds as a flagship for conservation of forest and mitigation of global warming. It was found that if children were fond of birds, the children would be the same for forest.

2005 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by "Baan Rom Pho Thong Community,Chasoeng. Sao Province." The community was honoured for its successful community forest management with clear plan for conservation and sustainable use.

2005 - Beautiful Forest – Clean Water Award from the CSR programme of the Siam Commercial Bank Ltd.

Won by "Mae La-oop Basin Network Organization, Chiangmai Province." This SGP project applied as candidates for the awards and were selected to receive honorary certificates based on past performance (under SGP support) and planned activities to use the monetary award received effectively.

2004 - Beautiful Forest – Clean Water Award from the CSR programme of the Siam Commercial Bank Ltd.

Won by Namnao Community Forest Network, Petchabun Province. This SGP project applied as candidates for the awards and were selected to receive honorary certificates based on past performance (under SGP support) and planned activities to use the monetary award received effectively.

2003 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by Pathiw Coral and Environment Conservation Club, Chumphron Province. The club was established in Pathiw Witthaya School aiming to launch activities with youths in school and in communities. Later, the school was honored as a model school for environment protection at provincial level which was recognized by the Department of Environment Quality Promotion since 2001.

2001 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by Natural and Environmental Conservation Club of Sawastirattanaphimuk School, Trang Province. The club launched activities among youth groups in Trang and surrounding provinces to protect a water course by youth camp, monitoring water quality. Students were able to integrate activities into formal learning process , lead role in activities for new generation of students, and forge networks at national level.

2000 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by Phra Khru Manus Nathee Phitak, the abbot, Phayao Province. The abbot, also this SGP project leader, was honoured as a model for Buddhists to follow in religious practice and environment conservation. He was able to link ,as a whole, bodies of local knowledge on mountain-forest ecosystems to flat plain fresh water ecosystems , thus linking harmoniously communities residing in both systems – using forest ordination and river-life prolonging rite in conservation approach.

2000 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by Asian Open-Billed and Environmental Conservation Club, Pathumthani Province. Starting with conservation of this bird species, the club was expanded in to a wider network of conservation comprising 10 schools and communities groups in the province ,such as Khlong Nueng Concern Group, Klong Luang Conservation Group, Khlong Kwang Bon Concern Group ,and Wat Sadet Concern Group.

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