IKI – Thailand

Country overview

In Thailand, there are four hydrological regions with twenty four macro-scale river catchments. These catchments play an essential role in supporting a diversity of flora and fauna and deliver critical ecosystem services for Thailand’s economy and society. Marine coastal ecosystems provide important services that support key economic sectors of the country, such as fishing industries and tourism. However, these ecosystems are being threatened by a broad range of global and local disturbances contributing to declines in the supply of fishery resources and reduced revenues for local communities.

Transformations within agricultural landscapes in Thailand toward high-yield and market-oriented products not only are leading to a loss in agro-biodiversity (a proportion of the
10,000 indigenous rice varieties are under threat) but also affect the integrity of coastal ecosystems . Notwithstanding the importance of rice cultivation across many Asian countries, existing valuation studies have not tended to apply an integrated (landscape-coastal) approach; nor have they addressed specific policy questions, limiting their policy-relevance.

This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI).
The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag