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Community Mangrove Forest Conservation of Baan Bang La

Written by suwimol
  • Type: Case Study, Country Publication
  • Source: SGP Thailand
  • Languages:
  • Focal Areas: Biodiversity, International Waters
  • Priority Groups: Women, Youth
  • Countries: Thailand
  • Cross Cutting: Financial Mechanisms, Award winning -
  • Region: Asia and the Pacific
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In 2004, the Bang La village was protected from the worst effects of a catastrophic tsunami by their 192-hectare mangrove forest. Recognizing the importance of this natural habitat for disaster risk reduction, Bang La community residents formed an association to advance the protection of mangroves through co-management, community dialogues, and education programmes, enabling them to resist the expansion of urban middle-class housing developments into the publicly owned land. The community has secured a Memorandum of Understanding from the provincial government, which provides them with the rights to establish a community-managed mangrove forest conservation area. The sustainable management of this area has triggered the return of the protected Phuket Sea Otter, and places this endangered species at the centre of awareness campaigns that engage women and youth in natural resource management. In order to enhance local well-being and livelihood options, the community has established a savings and microcredit scheme to support small-business opportunities and retain the traditional character of the community.
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