A National Coral Reef Management Strategy for Thailand

by Michele H. Lemay, Univ of Rhode Island, Narragansett, United States,
Sompong Ausavajitanon, Univ of Rhode Island, Narragansett, United States,
Lynne Zeitlin Hale, Univ of Rhode Island, Narragansett, United States,



Abstract: The National Coral Reef Management Strategy is a policy reform initiative of the Thailand Coastal Resources Management Project (CRMP). The objective of the CRMP is to develop national policies based in part on the experience of locally-implemented demonstration projects. The purpose of the National Coral Reef Management Strategy project is to identify and formulate the policy reforms and guidelines necessary for effective coral reef management in Thailand. This is being undertaken as a first step in building agency and local support for practical coastal habitat management policies. Central implementing agencies such as the Department of Fisheries, the Royal Forestry Department, and the Harbor Department as well as provincial governments, reef users and the private sector are playing a key role in defining the Strategy with the Office of the National Environment Board coordinating the policy development process. This paper reviews coral reef management issues in 12 coastal provinces of Thailand, describes current management initiatives and highlights the approach being used to formulate an effective national strategy.

Subject Headings: Reefs and sills | Developing countries | Project management | Coastal management | Resource management | Water resources | Sea water | Building management | Thailand

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