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.
UNDP is working closely with the Royal Thai Government and NGOs as an engaged partner. The Environment programme under the 2017-2021 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
Projects and Initiatives
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
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
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