CREATE AN ENHANCED LEVEL OF AWARENESS, KNOWLEDGE AND APPRECIATION of the Thai cultural environment through interactive educational programs and information exchange initiatives.
FACILITATE OUTREACH ACTIVITIES AND PILOT PROJECTS focused on priority conservation issues in collaboration with local stakeholders.
UNDERTAKE INVESTIGATIVE RESEARCH with the intention of introducing innovative policy related solutions to conservation related challenges, and to encourage awareness and an enhanced understanding of buildings and sites of historical and aesthetic value.
INITIATE INCOME GENERATION ACTIVITIES in support of sustainable conservation efforts.
ACTIVITIES DURING 1999-2000
Thailand CEF activities undertaken during the first year of operation were primarily focused on the logistics of establishing and administering the fund, researching and preparing conceptual proposals for future development, undertaking fundraising activities, and building a network of persons and organizations interested and active in supporting cultural environment related issues.
CULTURAL STUDY TOURS
THAI ARTISTS IN TIME AND TIDE
Due to its significance in traditional Thai way of life and culture and its standing as one of the first areas to be targeted for preservation, the concept of 'Water and Life' was chosen as the launch theme for the Thailand CEF's initial awareness raising and fundraising activities. Three thematic events were undertaken including an Artist's Cultural Study Tour, Painting Exhibition and Guest Lecture Panel Discussion.
Initiated as a cooperative effort with the local art community to help preserve aspects of Thai culture, forty renowned local artists including those who have received national recognition as well as up and coming talent, were invited to participate in the 'Thai Artists in Time and Tide' Artist's Cultural Study Tour and Exhibition.
The foundation of the tour and exhibition was a three day excursion on the Mae Klong and Petchburi Rivers to provide an inspirational first hand experience of the riverine atmosphere and traditional way of life. Approximately 180 paintings in various mediums were created and subsequently exhibited in Bangkok on September 1999 with 50% of the proceeds of the exhibition donated to the Thailand CEF.
LUANG PRABANG, THE ANCIENT CAPITAL OF THE KINGDOM OF LAN XANG
Situated in the north of Lao PDR, Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom, is the location of the Thailand CEF's second cultural study tour to raise funds in January 2000. The site's status as a world heritage site and its unique local cultural heritage initiatives make it an ideal cultural study destination.
GUEST LECTURE SERIES
THOUGHTS ABOUT TIDES
The Thailand CEF Guest Lecture Series was launched in October 1999 on the theme of 'Water and Life' with participation from three prominent local cultural experts. The first lecture which was presented by Dr. Sumet Jumsai, 1998 National Artist for Art and Architecture, enlightened the audience on the relationship of water to architecture and riverine life. An overview of the local way of life of communities along the Petchburi River was the focus of the second presentation given by Mr. Lom Pengkaew, Advisor to the Art and Cultural Center at the Rajabhat Institute in Petchburi Province. The third lecture was comprised of a series of photographic images by Mr. Teeraphab Lohitkul, a renowned photographer and writer, which focused on traditional water related rituals and ceremonies in both Thailand and neighboring countries. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Somrudee Nicro, Director of Thailand CEF, with an opportunity for audience participation.
DINNER TALK: PILOTING TOURISM IN THE YEAR ענננ
'Dinner Talk: Piloting Tourism in the Year ענננ was held in March 2000 to promote cultural tourism and ecotourism, with participation from the distinguished speakers include: Mr. Pradech Phayakvichien (the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand), Police General Vasit Dejkunjorn (National Artist, 1998) and Mr. Suparerk Soorangura (the President of Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association).
DEVELOPMENT OF INCENTIVES FOR PEOPLE'S CONSERVATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES
The Thailand CEF and the Conservation of National Culture and Heritage Division of the Office of Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment are developing incentives for local people to help conserve their cultural heritage sites. Two pilot cases are selected: one being the Dawn Temple (Wat Arun) in Bangkok, the other being Si Satchanalai in Sukhothai, a world heritage site in the lower northern Thailand.
In an effort to provide information to individuals and organizations interested and active in the cultural environment related issues, the Thailand CEF has launched several publishing initiatives
THAILAND CEF NEWSLETTER
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THAILAND CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT FUND
c/o Thailand Environment Foundation
16/151 Muang Thong Thani, Bond Street, Bangpood, Pakkred Nonthaburi 11120 Thailand
Tel: + (66 2) 503-3333 Ext 501
Fax: + (66 2) 504-4826-8