Thailand offers nature and biodiversity Thais can be proud of, says WWF-Thailand CEO

Travel and Lifestyle Press Releases Wednesday July 24, 2019 13:48
Bangkok--24 Jul--TAT Inter PR Division
As the Chief Executive Officer of WWF-Thailand, Ms. Natalie Phaholyothin's mandate is to lead the organisation to excel in conservation and environmental work in Thailand and the Mekong region.
An animal lover, nature lover and a Thai national, Natalie is particularly proud of Thailand's national heritage in terms of its environment and wildlife.
"We have 127 national parks, which is quite a high number, and that in itself should be an indication of the potential for Thailand to become more of a sustainable tourism destination."

The World Wide Fund for Nature (formerly the World Wildlife Fund) established its presence in Thailand in 1995, and today it has some 60 staff on the roster, of which a third are deployed in the field the majority of the time. It works with other NGOs and government organisations like the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), which is under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Since being registered as a foundation in Thailand in 2018, it also carries out fundraising work.

Tiger and elephant conservation

Tiger and elephant conservation are two of WWF-Thailand's key areas of focus. Together with the DNP the organisation has been closely monitoring the tiger population of Mae Wong and Khlong Lan National Parks in Nakhon Sawan and Kamphaeng Phet provinces, to protect the big cats from poaching and to ensure they have sufficient prey. The effort over recent years has resulted in a rise in tiger numbers; resident females which are the breeding portion of the population have increased and subsequently so has cub production.

Addressing the issue of human-elephant conflict is an important part of the work being done with wild elephants. In Prachuap Khiri Khan province's Kuiburi National Park, which is surrounded almost completely by farms, WWF-Thailand has been involved in efforts to turn the area's elephants from a problem into an asset for the locals.

Tourism-related training, with support from WWF-Thailand, has been provided to the community for a number of years. As such, many locals are tour guides and drivers catering to this wildlife-viewing market while some families offer homestays.

Fighting illegal ivoryWWF-Thailand's illegal wildlife trade programme is aimed at reducing the demand for animal products like ivory, and it works with the Royal Thai Police and international organisations like Interpol and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). While Thailand has taken major steps in recent years to stamp out the ivory trade, it is still a hotspot for the sale and trafficking of illegal ivory – much of which is from Africa where elephants continue to be slaughtered in large numbers – into Asian countries where demand is high.

Sustainable financeRecognising how sustainable finance can positively influence sustainable development, WWF-Thailand works to help drive more sustainable investment and lending practices that serve people and the planet. There are good signs, said Natalie, of growing consciousness in helping to preserve the country's natural treasures with reference in particular to the Thai Bankers' Association and Bank of Thailand who now look more closely at who money is lent to.


Latest Press Release

Far East Hospitality Rethinks Luxury With the Launch of The Clan Hotel

Slated to launch in Q2 2020, The Clan Hotel's first property in Singapore is a modern luxury hotel with a nostalgic story to tell Far East Hospitality, Singapore's leading operator of hotels and serviced residences, today held a press conference at ITB...

Ctrip CMO Meets with Thailand Tourism Authority Governor

Ctrip Group CMO Sun Bo today met with Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), to discuss a partnership that will see more leisure travelers experiencing unforgettable getaways in this favorite holiday destination....

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney Debuts at No.1 Martin Place

On October 18, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney opens its doors in the heart of Sydney's bustling Central Business District. Housed in the iconic former General Post Office (GPO) building at No. 1 Martin Place, the luxury hotel breathes new life into the...

Two of Thailands national parks designated as ASEAN Heritage Parks

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that two of Thailand's national parks have been designated as ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHPs) during the recent 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment, bringing the numbers of the...

Photo Release: Brand New Mocha Muffins Opening

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, led by General Manager Daniel Simon (4rd right), held an exclusive reception to launch the hotel's newly renovated gourmet cafe – Mocha & Muffins. With its beautiful new look, the cafe reopened with a menu of...

Related Topics