Partnership for development: providing sustainable access to water, Thailand


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Partnership for development: providing sustainable access to water, Thailand


Water Supply and Sanitation

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Total: $100,000;

Sources of Financing: UNDP/Coca-Cola, UNF, Chumchon Thai Foundation, local communities


2005 - 2008


Under implementation

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To support the longer-term tsunami recovery effort in Asia & Pacific, The Coca-Cola Company and the United Nations Foundation (UNF) forged in 2005 a collaborative partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in support of community-based water and sanitation reconstruction efforts in tsunami-affected areas of Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. In Thailand, this UNDP-led project is focused on the sustainable management of water resources in Koh Lanta, Krabi Province in Southern Thailand. Fresh water is limited on Koh Lanta, especially in the dry season, and the stewardship of water resources is a key developmental issue. An enormous amount of fresh rainwater simply runs off the island into the sea. Existing water reservoirs and wells do not currently meet the water needs of the island’s population, particularly during the dry season. Implemented in collaboration with the Chumchon Thai Foundation, a local NGO, the project builds upon and is part of a broader partnership between UNDP and the Government of Thailand to bolster the post-tsunami recovery of Koh Lanta. With partnership and funding support from The Coca-Cola Company and the United Nations Foundation, the project is helping the tsunami-affected communities of Sanga-U, Che Li, Hua Laem and Koh Por to plan, implement and maintain a series of activities to alleviate water shortage problems in their villages. This includes:

  • Constructing 10 community check dams along the stream that runs through the fishing village of Sanga-U on the southern tip of the island. These community check dams are now collecting and retaining rainwater, providing 117 village households with a long-term supply of water.
  • Constructing a gravity-fed water system (including a reservoir and sedimentation tank) in the village of Hua Laem.
  • The drilling of artesian wells on the nearby island of Koh Por where communities are facing serious difficulties in terms of water access and availability.
  • Constructing an organic farming irrigation system in Che Li village on the western side of the island for enhanced livelihoods security.

The project emphasizes constant community dialogue and active participatory planning. Local Water User Groups have been set up as has a multi-stakeholder Project Steering Committee that includes local community leaders and government representatives. With a focus on the long-term sustainability of this initiative, project staff will also work with communities in Koh Lanta to build capability at the local level, providing training in basic accounting, project monitoring, water distribution and maintenance skills.

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See also

  1. Working with Communities to Meet Water and Sanitation Needs Sustainably in the Recovery of Selected Tsunami Affected Countries, Thailand
  2. Water Conflict and Cooperation/Mekong River Basin
  3. Sustainable Rehabilitation of Natural Resources in Phrom Basin Ecosystems, Thailand
  4. Sustainable Development Initiatives: Application and Green Indicators
  5. Sustainable Collective Protection of Lower Thachin River, Thailand
  6. Sustainable Canal Networking for Cleaner Tha Chin River, Thailand
  7. Rehabilitation of Community Livelihood and Environment in Kham-Sop Ruak Basin, Thailand
  8. Rehabilitation and Development of Coastal Resources of Kor Lanta, Thailand
  9. National Wetland Biodiversity project, Thailand
  10. Mekong Case Study
  11. Marine Resource Conservation, Habitat Rehabilitation, and Waste Management, Thailand
  12. Conservation and Development of Ecosystems of Jan River, Thailand
  13. Community Capacity Building for Conserving Kaeng Lawa Wetland, Thailand
  14. Bung Khong Long Wetland Conservation, Thailand

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