The Sirindhorn International Environmental Park, in collaboration with the ‘Mangrove for the Future’ program and IUCN, organised a Regional Training Course on Mangrove Restoration and Management from 14th to 20th August 2013. Representatives of 11 countries: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Indonedia, Republic of Seychelles and Thailand participated.
This event was chaired by Dr. Sanit Sangsingkaew, the Executive Board Chairman of Sirindhorn International Environmental Park, who also gave a lecture on the world’s mangrove forests. Other key trainers were Dr. Donald McIntoch, the Program Manager on mangrove forest conservation and Dr. Sonjai Hawanont, the Deputy Senior Manager of the Sirindhorn International Environmental Park and a training specialist on mangrove forest’s ecosystem and rehabilitation.
This training aims to create cooperation between Thailand and the other countries about the management and rehabilitation of mangrove forests according to the Royal Initiative of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. It highlighted knowledge on how to survey, manage and take care of mangrove forests because they serve as a human protector from natural disasters and global warming in addition to increasing marine products.
To strengthen the network and cooperation all participants agreed that the training should take place at least once a year.