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Stakeholder consultation workshop on shoreline change, erosion management and sea-level rise, Bangkok

The International Environment Institute, in collaboration with the International Ocean Institute Headquarters, and with the support of various Thai organisations, recently participated in the facilitation of a stakeholder consultation workshop on the subject of shoreline change, erosion management and sea level rise in Thailand. Coastal erosion, resulting from both natural and human causes, and increasingly aggravated by the threat of sea-level rise, is emerging as an issue of major concern in Thailand, where the scale of the problem is severe in some regions. The impacts of shoreline change in Thailand may include major losses of land area, with resultant impacts on livelihoods and on ecological assets.

The event, held in Bangkok during the first week of December 2009, brought together various stakeholders from both public and private sectors, with the aim of fostering dialogue and communication, exchanging experiences and building collaboration on both national and international scales. Dr Louis F. Cassar and Ms Elisabeth Conrad were responsible for the specialist training programme, as well as, with the close cooperation of Dr Cherdsak Virapat, IOI’s Executive Director, for facilitation and the synthesis of results. 

Workshop delegates participated in a variety of logic framework exercises in order to identify key institutional barriers to successful management of coastal erosion issues, and to identify initiatives towards their resolution. The workshop results will form the basis of project proposals and strategic recommendations for both government and community level developments, which are to be submitted to the Thai Government in 2010.

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