WWD plans for Thailand

Preparations for World Wetlands Day 1998 in Thailand

Paul Erstemeijer of Wetlands International - Thailand Programme posted this revised  description of plans for World Wetlands Day in Thailand to the Ramsar Forum on 27 January.

Revised programme for World Wetlands Day 1998: Thailand

Dear Colleagues,

In Thailand, several activities have been organized for World Wetlands Day 1998 (2 February):

Previously, the Seub Nakasathien Foundation, Bird Conservation Society of Thailand, Green World Foundation and Wetlands International - Thailand Programme had organized a 2-day WWD event at Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park (Prachuab Khiri Khan), a significant wetland area that is scheduled to be proposed as one Thailand's first Ramsar sites, but unfortunately this activity has been changed due to unavoidable reasons. However the following events will take place on the day:

1) A workshop has been scheduled for 2-3 February 1998, in which wetlands forum experts from various organisations will address wetlands issues in Thailand. The Office of Environmental Policy and Planning (OEPP), Thailand, has organized this workshop which aims at disseminating information on the national inventory of wetlands in Thailand.

2) Wetlands International - Thailand Programme has invited one school class of about 40 pupils and six of their teachers from a provincial school in Southern Thailand (the Srinakarin Vittayanukroh School in Nathawi district) for a special wetland educational day. The activities will include (a) a video show from the documentaries, "Wet Wonderland" (produced by Ramsar Center Japan) and "The Forgotten Forest" (on mangroves, produced by Panorama Documentary Co. Ltd.) at the Wetlands International office at Prince of Songkla University in Hat Yai, (b) a visit to the Mangrove Forest Rehabilitation and Seed Production Center of the Royal Forest Department in Satun (where Khun Wasarit Srisawatt will educate the children about mangrove forests and show them around on a boardwalk through the adjacent mangrove forest, a charcoal production center (kilns) and the replanting nursery and center, and (c) food and drinks to celebrate the day. The Prince of Songkla University will make a bus available to transport the children from Nathawi to Hat Yai, Satun and back.

3) The bird conservation society has organized activities to carry out waterbird surveys at Sampran and other parts through the Gulf of Thailand.

We hope you'll enjoy your world wetlands day!

regards,

Paul Erftemeijer, Programme coordinator

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