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Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT)

Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT) is a non-governmental development organisation founded and staffed entirely by representatives of the local community groups and networks involved in the Association. 

IMPECT focuses on development work within the populations of ten local communities residing in the highlands of the northern provinces of Thailand: the Akha, Bisu, Dara-ang, Hmong, H’tin, Kachin, Kamu, Kayae, Lahu, Lisu, Lwua, Karen, Mien, Mlabri, Pa-o and Shan peoples. It works closely with these community networks and their communities, who are sharing similar situations and experiences, to apply traditional knowledge and practices to all aspects of development work. 

Country: Thailand
Website: IMPECT
Twitter: @ImpectTh
Facebook: @Impect

Using Maps to Address the Issue of Expanding Farming Areas.
Using Maps to Address the Issue of Expanding Farming Areas. Photo by IMPECT.
Formation of the Lua Network.  Photo by IMPECT

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Main areas of work

  • Promoting the rights of local communities and their livelihoods
  • Traditional knowledge management and capacity enhancement 
  • Supporting the local community movement and policy changes 
Using GPS for Community Land Surveys
Using GPS for Community Land Surveys. Photo by IMPECT.

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Areas of work proposed in the Pathways project

IMPECT coordinates the implementation of the project in 15 villages in two sub-districts of Mae Suai district in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand which play the main role to promote traditional knowledge based approach Natural Resources Management (NRM) and strengthen the local community organizations and networks and their practices on the management of natural resources and biodiversity and the adaptation and mitigation to climate change, to support research and technical on the NRM and mapping, develop Learning Process for the co-management of Protected Area; support research and technical on natural resources management mapping; and cooperate and networking for policy changing. 

Meeting of the Association Members
Meeting of the Association Members. Photo by IMPECT.

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