World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Thailand:Livelihoods Next Step to Tsunami Recovery

Livelihoods Next Step to Tsunami Recovery in Thailand, says UNDP Official

2 March, Bangkok, Thailand – Restoring livelihoods and rehabilitating the coastal environment top the list of new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) post-tsunami initiatives in Thailand. These areas of long-term recovery support were announced today by Hafiz Pasha, Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific, during his last stop on a two-week trip through Asian countries hardest hit by the tsunami. His trip included Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia ending today in Thailand, where he visited devastated Kao Lak communities in Phang Nga Province.

“The initial phases of emergency relief resulting from the Thai tsunami have ended, yet thousands of people remain affected,” says Mr. Pasha. “UNDP is now looking towards assistance for long-term recovery and reconstruction of tsunami-hit regions along the Andaman coast, with the pressing task of restoring livelihoods and hope for the future.”

UNDP estimates that over 120,000 people have been adversely affected in Thailand’s fisheries sector alone. Nearly 500 fishing villages along the Andaman coast are seriously affected, nearly 30,000 households dependant on fisheries have lost their means of livelihood, and over 4,500 fishing boats have been destroyed or damaged. UNDP will support community-managed small grants projects to help restore basic sources of income. This support will include micro-grants for repairing of productive assets such as fishing gear and boats. Returned money will be reinvested into a community revolving fund to finance training and planning for alternative livelihoods .

Special consideration will be given to maintaining traditional livelihoods and indigenous culture while promoting alternative livelihoods. Villages participating in this scheme are in Phang Nga, Ranong and Krabi provinces, and include sea gypsy and Muslim communities on Koh Lanta and Koh Sai Dam.

“The resilience of Thai people affected by the tsunami to reestablish their lives has been amazing. In Phang Nga I noticed that people are already turning to alternative means of income,” says Mr. Pasha, noting that fisher folk he met in Thailand were working in motorcycle repair from their tents in temporary housing.

“We want to help restore self-sufficiency while preparing people for possible future disasters,” says Mr. Pasha. “It is important to ensure that whatever efforts are made are done so with the full cooperation of affected people who are given the opportunity to decide on their own futures,” he says.

In the area of environmental management, UNDP will help to strengthen coral reef relief efforts already underway along the Andaman coast at eight major locations. UNDP has already supplied the Thailand with light marine equipment to assist in its volunteer reef clean-up program. Continued technical expertise will be offered for the rehabilitation, conservation and protection of coral reefs important to both the local tourism and fisheries industries.

For more information on UNDP Thailand’s post tsunami efforts:

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news