Closing Workshop of CATSPA – Catalysing Sustainability for Thailand’s Protected Area System Project


Bangkok, Thailand—The Closing Workshop of CATSPA – Catalysing Sustainability for Thailand’s Protected Area System Project was a collaboration between the Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation and the United Nations Development Programme, with 3.3 Million USD financial support from the Global Environment Facility.

CATSPA project was implemnted for 5 years with the key result as follows:

- Protection, CATSPA established SMART patrolling in the 8 Protected Areas in the Eastern Forest Complex, with support for training and GIS equipment. It also strengthened the marine SMART patrol in Tarutao National Park.  The project also introduced the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool or the METT to support superintendents to make more comprehensive and responsive planning for their protected areas.

- Participation, CATSPA facilitated the set-up of the Eastern Forest Complex (EFCOM) Protected Area Committee. It is one of the pioneering Protected Area Committees, which is formed to reflect the significance of an ecosystem approach to protected area management.

- Partnership, CATSPA initiated models on partnership for sustainable financing for protected areas, through area-specific conservation funds in Doi Inthanon, Tarutao National Park, and in the Eastern Forest Complex.

"Protected Areas form an important foundation of Thailand’s stability, prosperity, and sustainability. Protected areas are the natural capital for economic growth and sustainable livelihoods, in line with the late King’s emphasis on the interdependency between natural resources and people’s well-being. Effective and inclusive management of protected areas will be crucial in supporting Thailand to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, especially in Goal 13- Climate Change, Goal 14 – Life under Water, and Goal 15- Life on Land." said Mr.Martin Hart-Hansen, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP in Thailand.

CATSPA was a flagship project for UNDP in biodiversity portfolio in Thailand. It was the first project in partnership with DNP, following by two more GEF-supported projects. First, the Strengthening Capacity and Incentives for Wildlife Conservation in the Western Forest Complex or the Tiger Project. This project is in its first year implementation in the Huay Kha Kaeng and d Thung Yai Naresuan World Heritage Site.  The second project is on combatting illegal wildlife trade, which is in the project development phase, in partnership with IUCN and WWF.


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