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Thailand towards sustainable management of marine and coastal habitats
by Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Government)
To date, deep concerns have been placed upon the current world-wide degradation of oceans and seas, in particular coastal areas, from threats generated by both human activities and natural causes. Without attempts and appropriate means and measures to reverse the trend, the vital roles, particularly ecosystem goods and services provided by oceans and seas will be abrupt or irreversibly lost and lead to unpleasant consequences in respect of socio-economic deliverables and human livelihoods. Universal call upon concert actions regarding ocean-related sustainable development have been requested to be applied and implemented at all levels form local and national to regional and global scales. In this context, Thailand recognizes the importance of such concert actions and emphasizes its commitment to take further necessary steps to strengthen implementation of the action plan on area-based management and conservation measures.

Thailand has adopted the concept of ecosystem-based approach for sustainable use and management of marine and coastal resources. A number of measures and operational programs have been implemented in order to eliminate threats, reduce anthropogenic impacts as well as strengthen ecological resilience of marine and coastal ecosystems. The programs or activities being defined in the 5-year plan (2016-2020) are as follows:
Declaration of more conserved and reserved marine and coastal areas.
Promotion of management effectiveness for the existing protected areas, which also includes strengthening strict law enforcement, monitoring and surveillance of illegal practices.
Restoration of degraded marine and coastal habitats.
Establishment and improvement of fishing measures to be in line with responsible fishery.
Promotion of environmental- and ecological-friendly maritime activities.
Application of marine spatial planning as an integral part of marine and coastal zone management.
Stakeholder participation and partnerships are considered as a key to success and to be assigned for involvement, as appropriate, in the course of action for each implementing program.

At present, the proportion of Thailands Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) managed using ecosystem-based approaches has reached 15.7 % (50,700 sq.km.). Concerning marine protected areas (MPAs), Thailand has adopted the target of 10% of coastal and marine areas to be protected. At present, the total coastal and marine protected area is about 18,000 sq.km., accounting for 5.6% of Thai waters, encompassing 22 national marine parks, 6 coastal non-hunting areas, 160 sites of reserved mangrove forests, 56 marine fishery sanctuaries, and 6 environmental protection areas. In order to attain 4.4% (14,300 sq.km.) more of MPAs, a number of potential areas/sites have been targeted for legal proclamation in the coming years. The proposed areas include 4 national marine parks (ca. 450 sq.km.), 3 environmental protection areas (570 sq.km.), and many marine and coastal protection areas, i.e. 25 island-groups (6,600 sq.km.) and one large offshore shelf-break font zone (6,700 sq.km.).
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
  • Other (please specify): Habitat restoration
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
Restoring 17,000 hectares of marine and coastal habitats
Proclaiming 7,000 sq.km. of protected areas in 5 years
Developing and/or issuing management intervention and measures for sustainable use of marine and coastal resources
Financing (in USD)
11,500,000 USD
In-kind contribution
In-kind contribution to be derived from local administration and public/private sectors
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2016 - December 2020
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (Government) Ministry of Interior (Government) Research institute and university (Academic institution) Local non-governmental organization (NGO) Local communities (Private sector) Public/ private companies (Private sector)
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Ukkrit Satapoomin, Marine Resources Management Specialist, ukkrit@yahoo.com, +66 2141 1241
Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Bangkok, Thailand
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