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In Thailand, the Transformative Pathways project is focused on generating diverse models of community-based sustainable biodiversity governance and management. This is done through a dynamic interaction between traditional knowledge and innovative agroecological approaches. 

Key participants in this country’s project are 20 communities in seven river basins in four provinces in northern Thailand, including Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. 

The project in Thailand is implemented by two organisations – Pgakenyaw Association for Sustainable Development (PASD) and the Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT). 

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Project Update April 2024

This Project Update, published in April 2024, brings together updates from the Transformative Pathways partners on their key activities and work undertaken since the start of the project in 2022.   Capacity building sessions on biodiversity monitoring have been a key part of the first phase…

Planting trees for the restoration of headwater and streams in a Pgakenyaw community

Thailand is located in the tropical rain forest. So, in the past, there were forest resources and highly abundant biological diversity. Then, the Thai government started to think about selling wood to generate income for country development.  The Department of Forestry was set up on…

Good breath with having a forest

We have all heard stories about the umbilical forest. Right? Maybe I’ve never even heard of it; maybe I’ve heard of it, but I don’t know the true meaning, or I don’t know the depth of what the word umbilical forest is, and I am…
Group of PASD

Project Partners in Thailand receive the E-Sak Ka Ou Declaration

We are thrilled to announce that the Thai version of the E-Sak Ka Ou Declaration has landed in the capable hands of our esteemed partner organizations of the transformative pathways project in Thailand.  Empowering Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Women, Indigenous Youth, and Indigenous Peoples with Disabilities…

Second Transformative Pathways In-Person Meeting 

In February 2024, twelve project partners of the Transformative Pathways consortium gathered for the second in-person planning and review meeting at Laboot, Chepkitale in Kenya. The meeting hosted nearly 80 participants, including representatives of all organisations, and local community members of the Ogiek of Mt…

E-Sak Ka Ou Declaration

This declaration was developed at the Asia Regional Conference on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Biodiversity, and Climate Change, held on November 5-8, 2023 in Krabi, Thailand. “Life and land are the same. We are the same as the land. We come from the land. We go…

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Key Activities

  • Restoration and/or enhancement of the forest ecosystem, providing local income opportunities from food, herbal medicine and other Non-Timber Forest Products 
  • Enhancement of territorial governance, including through revitalisation of customary or local institutions and strengthening of the watershed/river basin networks and the northern rotational farming network 
  • Community-based biodiversity monitoring and revitalisation and transmission of traditional knowledge and practices with young people 
  • Participatory action research in collaboration with academic institutions to raise awareness and understanding about the situation of Thai ethnic groups and their contributions to biodiversity conservation and sustainable use 
  • Public awareness through work with media and other sectors (e.g., women and young chefs/social enterprise creators by using local food ingredients) 
  • Engagement in national processes related to biodiversity and climate change 
Planting in the Lisu Community Forest, Thailand
Planting in the Lisu Community Forest. Photo by IMPECT
Herb Processing of Ban Huai E Kang Women's Group, Thailand.
Herb Processing of Ban Huai E Kang Women’s Group. Photo by Arisa/PASD