Ramsar visit to the Krabi Estuary, Thailand

20/02/2008

Following the Asian Regional Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Technical Officer for Asia -Oceania Pragati Tuladhar visited the Krabi Estuary Ramsar site in Thailand, 21-25 January 2008, to learn more about Wetlands International's mangrove work. This interaction stems from the understanding between Ramsar and the Convention's International Organization Partners (BirdLife International, IWMI, Wetlands International, the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and WWF International) to provide opportunities for Ramsar's young professionals to gain experience from the IOPs' projects through study tours and short-term secondments.

In Krabi, Wetlands International is in the process of starting several mangrove rehabilitation projects, restoring degraded areas and abandoned aquaculture ponds back to biodiverse mangrove, with the full involvement and participation of the local communities. Pragati has taken this opportunity to get acquainted with related issues and technical details of these proposed projects by inspecting degraded areas, discussing with local communities, and offering advice where possible. Wetland's International Thailand and Krabi field team have supported for these activities.


Abandoned shrimp pond

Cage fish culture

Cage fish culture

DominicWodehouse (WI Senior Tehnical Officer), Bang Non, Boatman, Bang Lai, Local and Pragati Tuladhar

Donnapat Tamornsuwan (WI Field Officer) and Dominic Wodehouse (WI Senior Technical Officer), bird watching tower at Krabi Estuary

Pragati

Mangroves

Mangroves, Krabi Estuary

Pragati with cage fish culture owner

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