Environment and Energy

Climate change threatens to have a major impact on Thailand, especially its low-lying central region, which is also the most fertile area of the country, and coastal areas which are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels. Consequently, energy conservation, conservation technologies and alternative energy are now some of the highest-profile issues and areas of green activity. Thailand is attempting to reverse these trends while decentralising the process of environmental decision-making.

Our Goals

UNDP is working closely with the Royal Thai Government and NGOs as an engaged partner. The Environment programme under the 2012-2016 UNDP Thailand Country Programme has set targets for supporting national mechanisms in environmental policy and regulation, community management of natural resources, and developing knowledge management around environmental initiatives and policy advocacy. Specific projects include building national capacity to facilitate the implementation of obligations under international environmental conventions and supporting policies and dialogues on new climate change initiatives. more

Pro-poor development planning

UNDP in Thailand works with local, provincial, and national governments to ensure that policy processes are inclusive, sustainable, and equitable.

Our Stories

  • Innovation: Thailand's Sustainable Maize

    Thailand ranks among the world’s top-ten exporters of chicken. And in fact, it exports only 30 per cent of the chicken it farms – the rest is eaten domestically. As a result, the mountains of grain needed to produce chicken-feed have caused more than 5 million acres of agricultural and forest land to be cleared for maize farming.more

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    Counting the costs of farmed chicken before they hatch
    Farmed Chickens

    People know many things about Thailand, and particularly when talking about Thai food, the subject needs little introduction. Chicken features in more than half of the top ten Thai dishes best liked by foreigners more

Projects and Initiatives

Climate Change Finance

The arrival of Thailand's national climate change master plan marks the first time that climate change issues have become an explicit goal on the national development agenda. To succeed, though, public finance needs to be aligned to climate change policies. more

 Mae Hong Son

Promoting Renewable Energy in Mae Hong Son Province

Renewable energy is critical to Thailand’s energy independence. As its economy grows, its energy demand will grow along with it. The energy sector in Thailand is the largest source of CO2 emissions, accounting for more than half of the nation’s total CO2 emissions in recent years. If the trend continues, these emissions would increase fourfold by 2020, or an average annual increase of around 4%. The Thai Government has made it a goal to get as much as 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2022. more

Protected Area

Catalyzing the Sustainability of Thailand’s Protected Area System

Thailand’s protected area system is changing. There are concerns that the size of many national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are insufficient to sustain their flora and fauna. Biodiversity within these areas remain under threat from many sources. While the Royal Thai Government, NGOs and other partners have focused efforts on the existing protected area system and other conservation initiatives, the loss of habitat and biodiversity continues through the clearing of forests, infrastructure, and agriculture, as well other unsustainable land uses such as hunting, and poorly-managed tourism development. more

Water for People Partnership

The ‘Water for People’ Partnership: Small Grants Programme’ is a collaboration between the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) and UNDP Thailand. It is built on the established mechanism of the Global Environment Facility – Small Grant Programme (GEF/SGP) in Thailand and managed by UNDP to support community environmental conservation work. more

Small Grants Programme - Project

The GEF Small Grants Programme works with communities and other stakeholders by providing grants to community-based and non-governmental organisations to carry out activities that would contribute to securing global environmental benefits. more

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Latest publication
Biodiversity for Sustainable Development: Delivering Results for Asia and the Pacific

This book is both a celebration of biodiversity work in the Asia-Pacific region and a cautionary account of what is happening to the ecosystems that support millions of lives and livelihoods in the region.  

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Poverty-Environment Initiative

The Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) is a joint global programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) working in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Europe. The PEI programme supports national government efforts to mainstream pro-poor development and sustainable environmental management into both national and local planning and budgeting processes.

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