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PHUKET: Getting eight culturally diverse countries with varying systems of government and historically contentious relationships to co-operate on environmental management is a mammoth task.

That is precisely what the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem project (BOBLME) hopes to facilitate over the next four years with nations in the Bay of Bengal region.

BOBLME, covering about 6.2 million square kilometers of ocean, began in April of 2009 and operates under the leadership of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), bringing together Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka and Thailand in its efforts to improve regional environmental management.

BOBLME is one of 64 areas worldwide designated by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as Large Marine Ecosystems (LME).

Armed with a US$31 million budget, BOBLME is based in Phuket and aims to “assist the eight countries that share the bay [of Bengal] in developing a collaborative framework to work together towards a common goal: The overall health and sustainability of this vast marine resource,” according to a BOBLME statement.

There are an estimated 450 million people living in the Bay of Bengal coastal region who are dependent on its resources. Key to the project is its “borderless” scope as it seeks to work with scientists and regional governments in developing coastal management practices that benefit all nations in the LME.

In addition to guidance and coordination, BOBLME also provides financial support to countries and facilitates training, research and information gathering.

A major step forward for the project began late last year when BOBLME facilitated an agreement between Thai and Burmese officials to address management of the Mergui [Myeik in Burmese] Archipelago, which extends from the Surin Islands in Thailand, north to the coastal town of Mergui in Burma.

The archipelago is made up of more than 800 islands including Thahtay Kyun Island in Burma, home to the Andaman Club, a popular “visa run” destination near Ranong, Thailand.

The region is coming under increasing pressure from urban development, tourism, fishing and “it is not exempt from the impacts of climate change and rising water temperatures that are contributing to coral bleaching in some areas,” a BOBLME statement read.

“BOBLME is supporting the Thailand and Myanmar [Burma] governments to implement a collaborative management approach in this special area that is shared by both countries,” BOBLME Regional coordinator Chris O’Brien told the Phuket Gazette.

“We know there is a strong sense of community in this area and it will be interesting to see how communities in the Mergui Archipelago, including the Moken or Salong [sea gypsy] people, get involved in this initiative,” Mr O’Brien said.

Teams will soon begin data collection, review and analysis for the Mergui Archipelago project, involving a wide range of government bodies, universities and non-government organizations.

“The goal of the activities is to inform management and improve governance that aims at the balancing of sustainable resource use and social well-being,” according to the statement.

Speaking of the BOBLME headquarters location in Ao Makham, Mr O’Brien told the Gazette, “Being located in Phuket and away from a large capital city such as Bangkok means we have the opportunity to get a better feeling for how the project is affecting people at the community level.

“Another advantage is that the project can benefit from closer ties to the many excellent technical organizations that are located in Phuket, such as the Andaman Sea Fisheries Research and Development Center of the Department of Fisheries, the Phuket Marine Biological Center of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources and the Prince of Songkla University.”

The project is currently analyzing and adding to the Trans-boundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA), which is the culmination of seven years of work. The TDA has identified three “main areas of concern”: Over-exploitation of the marine living resources, degradation of coral reefs, mangroves and sea-grass, and pollution.

The TDA was recently released to the various countries involved for “consultation”, in which National Coordinators and stakeholders review the particular issues facing them.

Thailand held its first national consultation meeting on Tuesday at the Royal Phuket City Hotel in Phuket Town.

The meeting was organized by Dr Sakanan Plathong of the Coral Reef and Benthos Research Unit, Department of Biology, Prince of Songkla University.

After extensive review and approval of the document, the next phase of the project will begin: The Strategic Action Plan, which will see implementation of various projects based on the TDA.

— Nicholas Altstadt

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Re-opening Thailand to tourism will be vaccine dependent

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Bill Barnett from c9hotelworks.com continues to follow the difficult journey of the Thai hospitality industry. Traditionally, now would be the start of the country’s highly profitable high season for the tourism industry. But not this year. Thai hotels find themselves in the middle of an existential crisis – either still closed, only partly open, or one of the few converted to limited ASQ traffic. The situation is dire, when you consider that between 15-20% of Thailand’s GDP is linked to tourism.

In a speech this week Thailand’s Prime Minster Prayut Chan-o-cha spoke clearly that only when a vaccine is approved, produced, and implemented, would the country open to substantial tourism. Given the current timelines and forecasts, this may not be likely until mid-2021 at the earliest, though subject to advancement if the process could be accelerated, which is unlikely.

For tourism and hotel stakeholders, the writing is on the wall that 2021, for the most part, will see a continued reliance on domestic travellers, and only in 2022 will there be a large-scale return in numbers of overseas visitors.

Given the winter spike in Asia, Europe, and North America of Covid-19, Thailand is not alone in relying on the vaccine to return tourism but the process will not be instant and the re-openings of borders will most certainly be staged.

HERE’s a list of 113 Alternative State Quarantine hotels.

The business reality for Phuket and across Thailand is to plan for the worst in the coming six months and only expect 2022 to see a notable uptick.

Currently, the hotel sector continues to advocate to the Thai government and Central Bank for debt and financing relief measures and assistance in a social security supplement to retain staff.

While it’s negative news, it at least allows for hotels to understand the challenges ahead, plan and adjust their operating models going forward. ‘Survive the downturn’ is the new mantra.

No vaccine, no entry. Read more HERE.

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Phuket workshop helps residents cope with high stress brought on by the economic crisis

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Hundreds of residents in Phuket’s Wichit subdistrict attended a workshop focused on reducing stress from to the pandemic-induced economic crisis. A psychologist was even on site to help those who had extreme mental stress and a Buddhist monk taught meditation techniques to reduce physiological effects of stress.

The event was planned in response to an online survey conducted by the municipality asking residents about how much stress they were experiencing from the economic climate. They found that some residents had serious stress issues brought on by the pandemic and financial problems, according to Wichit Mayor Kreetha Chotiwichphiphat.

“The loss of income due to the economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 situation has resulted in some people in the area suffering serious stress, which can lead to serious mental health issues.”

Around 350 people attended the event. The mayor says it was the first step in caring for the residents’ mental health. Local officials plan to hold similar workshops in the future.

“It was a good opportunity for people to realise the importance of mental health and to learn techniques of how to deal with stress, which will help people to maintain their physical health and avoid developing mental health problems.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation opens Humane Education Centre at Mai Khao shelter

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The Soi Dog Foundation has officially opened its Humane Education Centre, the first of its kind in Thailand dedicated to the welfare of stray animals. The centre, located at the Soi Dog shelter in northern Phuket, forms part of the foundation’s Humane Education program. Rolled out in 2017, the program sees a team visit Thai schools to teach the next generation the basic principles of animal welfare and promote empathetic attitudes towards both owned pets and free-roaming strays.

The program has reached a total of 15,058 students and 861 teachers to date. With a dedicated classroom as well as educational tools and resources now on site at the shelter, Soi Dog will be able to expand the programme and reach an even greater number of young minds.

Co-founder and president of Soi Dog Foundation International John Dalley said, “The cornerstones of what we do – what I believe very firmly are the answers to the stray dog problem throughout Asia – are large-scale sterilisation of stray dogs and cats and education of, particularly, the next generation.

“We see all the time the problems that are being caused through us not respecting the environment and not respecting the other animals with whom we share this planet. That’s why education is so important.”

John also thanked the supporters and donors who made the construction of the centre possible. After cutting the ribbon, the students filed into the brand-new facility for the very first on-site class – a fun and interactive hour of roleplaying, brainstorming and problem solving.

Humane Education Manager Nuttawut “Film” Kumngern. said… “We want to encourage kindness toward animals, especially free-roaming dogs and cats, and teach youngsters to be responsible pet owners. This will sustainably reduce animal cruelty and pet abandonment.”

“We hope to one day see animal welfare incorporated into the curriculum in Thai schools, and our education centre is a great start.”

Soi Dog is ready to welcome school groups from Phuket and other provinces to the centre which can accommodate up to 40 students at any one time. Schools interested in participating are encouraged to email film@soidog.org

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