Thailand’s rich natural resources and high biodiversity have been supporting local livelihood and driving national economic growth for years. However, rapidly increased population and unsustainable development have caused major habitat degradation and biodiversity loss in the past several decades.

TEI strives to address the threats to biodiversity and habitats through participatory approaches by working closely with government agencies, private sectors, local communities and general publics to
 

  • preserve and restore natural habitats;

  • promote sustainable use of resources and alternative livelihood;

  • reduce pollutant contamination in the natural environment;

  • enhance capacity for sustainable natural resources management;

  • building capacities of indigenous people, including woman and youth on natural resources management;

  • manage information and knowledge on natural resources management and disseminate the information to relevant stakeholders via TEI’s communication platforms.

 
TEI integrates knowledge and experience in addressing natural resources and environmental challenges from upstream to downstream covering a wide range of habitat types such as wetlands, terrestrial forests, mangroves and oceans.
Some examples of TEI’s long-term efforts to sustainably manage natural resources are establishing forest community network “Thailand Forest Watch” as a mechanism for sharing knowledge and experience on community forest management; and working with coastal communities who impacted by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami to restore mangrove forest, and promote sustainable mangrove management and disaster risk reduction.

 

Thematic Areas: NATURAL RESOURCES contributes to SDGs as follows