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Environmental Empowerment for Grassroots and Non-State Actors in Thailand

hands-600497_640The Delegation of the European Union to Thailand financially joins hands with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in supporting ENLAWTHAI Foundation to disseminate knowledge about environmental justice to Thai grassroots.

With effect from 1st of April 2015, a three year project will be implemented in Northern, Eastern and Southern regions of Thailand, covering the following 18 provinces:  Chiang Mai, Mae Hon Song, Tak, Lampang, Lamphun, Nan, Phayao, Chiang Rai, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Prachin Buri, Rayong, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon, Krabi, Trang, Satun and Songkhla.

The project will include mobile legal clinic, free lawyer service, community legal empowerment training, capacity training programs for junior lawyers and paralegals man-471192_640which focus on increasing awareness and participation of grassroots communities in exercising community rights in natural resource management through many educational tools that will also enhance grassroots comprehension of the state’s complicated legal and administrative proceedings.

The project expects to achieve the following results:

  • Successful collaboration between the state, civil society organizations and local communities engaged in natural resource management that respects the rule of law.
  • Increased state compliance and recognition of community rights by supporting exchange platforms.
  • Increased capacity and efficiency of local civil society organization in providing legal services on complexity of environmental regulations, assessment tools, and national and international legal instruments to grassroots communities.

The project was launched on 7 May 2015 at 09:00 hrs, at the Mercure Bangkok Siam Hotel and was  attended by fifty participants from public and private sectors, civil society organizations in legal sphere as well as involved key stakeholders, the EU, project staff and international project management experts from Germany.

For more information, media should contact the Project Manager, Ms. Napak Angkawaratanat on

02 714 12 07-8 or via e-mail: Napak.Angkawaratanat@kas.de

Mr. Michael Winzer Project Director

Ms. Napak Angkawaratanat Project Manager

Ms. Paktipa Nilkaew Project Accountant

Mr. Surachai Trongngam Leader of Advocacy Team

Ms. Supaporn Malailoy Provincial Coordinator

Ms. Montana Duangprapa Advocacy Officer

Ms. Warunee Khantri Accountant

Mr. Sumitchai Hattasan Community Coordinator Northern Region

Mr. Gunn Tattiyakul Community Coordinator Eastern Region

Mr. Prasitchai Nunuan Southern Community Coordinator