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 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

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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

  • Jantip Namkam using her improved cook stove, Mae Hong Son province. Photo: UNDP Thailand/2015/Angelique Reid

    UNDP provides access to clean cooking solutions in northern Thailand

    In an attempt to encourage communities to use more energy efficient and environmentally friendly cooking and heating methods, UNDP Thailand’s project 'Promoting Renewable Energy in Mae Hong Son Province' in partnership with the Mae Hong Son Governor's Office, Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), and the Ministry of Energy (MoE), carried out an improved cook stoves (ICS) experiment.more

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  • Commercial buildings in Bangkok, Thailand Photo credit: UNDP Thailand/ 2015/Angelique Reid

    Commercial buildings in Thailand working towards meeting energy efficiency goals

    The PEECB project aims to support the improvement and construction of energy-saving buildings, by strengthening national capacity in promoting environment management in a sustainable manner. The project’s main goal is to reduce green-house gas emissions from Thai commercial buildings, by supporting and encouraging the use and adoption of energy efficiency technologies in the commercial sector.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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