At the invitation of the Thai Government’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), Associate Professor Dr Kanchana Nakhaphakorn and the Thai project team have delivered a skills-enhancement training workshop ‘Knowledge on Coastal Resources’.
The workshop, held on 27th July 2022, was attended by Deputy Director-General Pornsri Suthanarak and staff from the Coastal Resources Conservation Division and local DMCR offices. The topic was Coastal Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptation in Thailand, presenting key results of the Thai coast project to inform policy and practice in the management of coastal environments for improved resilience of coastal communities.
The research team included Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kanchana Nakhaphakorn, Faculty of Environment and Resource Sciences, Mahidol University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pannee Chewinsiriwat, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Uma Langkulsen, Faculty of Public Health, Thammasat University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chalermpol Chamchan, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University and Dr. Suparee Boonmanant, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University.
The workshop provided an important opportunity to share knowledge, experience and key lessons from the Thai coast project directly with coastal policy-makers, planners and practitioners at a national level beyond the two study areas of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Krabi Provinces. As a result of this, and other meetings during the life of the project, the DMCR staff are applying the Thai Coast Project methodology and Geospatial techniques to their work on assessing coastal vulnerability. The discussions during the meeting highlighted the importance of measuring and monitoring shoreline sediment movement for effective coastal management, identifying this as a focus for future work.