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APYE Communities

Bangnampeung Village, Samutprakarn

 

SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being
SDG 5: Gender Equality
SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

SDG 13: Climate Change 

SDG 15: Life on Land
SDG 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

With a short distance from central Bangkok, Bangnampeung and its surrounding have been called as "the Lung of Bangkok” (The biggest green area nearby Bangkok). Bangnampeung plays a key role in fulfilling the agricultural input to the urban habitat. However, crop production in the community suburbs had a deteriorating impact due to the recent floods and increasing impacts of climate change. The community has improvised significant steps in order to address this challenge through the principles of sufficiency economy. They have crafted economic opportunities through capitalizing the ever growing tourism in the nearby capital. At present they offer unique tourism products such as floating market - the main supporter of the local economy, eco-tourism cycle tours and sightseeing in lush green habitats quenching the thirst of tourists who seek freedom from a concrete jungle. As a living space related to natural area, there are many issues about social and environmental that are the main problem of the community.

Suvitsereeanusorn School, Bangkok

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SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

SDG 14: Life Below Water

Bangkok is renowned as the Venice of the east due to the essential role played by its waterways in the past. During recent times rapid urbanization of the city has brought heavy pollution to its well spread canal system. Youth as the torch bearers of sustainable development is vital in bringing change to these challenges. Suwitsereeanusorn public high school is located in On Nut District, suburb of Bangkok with about 1,500 students. The school is surrounded by residential communities, so it has faced with problems associated with urban society such as waste problem, water pollution, & flooding. This has been a challenge for the school and community. Suwit School has participated in Eco School Project, which is supported by Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Eco School Project is the School Network working on environmental issues. The activities of Eco School Projects involve creating community-based solutions which are also the chance for students to develop their own potential through those activities.

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Khlong Yai Village, Trat

 

SDG 5: Gender Equality
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

SDG 14: Life Below Water

Khlong Yai village at Trat province is a community in eastern Thailand. The community is next to the border between Thailand and Cambodia. The community area is paralleled by beaches. Most villagers engage in small-scale fishing. A large number of people living in the area are stateless persons who migrate from Cambodia. They come to work in Thailand and brought their children to study in Thailand as well. The main issues of this community are about the human right and marine resource.

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Kadeejeen - Klongsarn District, Bangkok

 

SDG 8: Decent Works and Economic Growth

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Kadeejeen – Klongsarn is one of the historical and cultural area in Bangkok. The district is surrounded by the combination of the 3 main cultural influences of 3 religions which are Bud- dhism, Christianity and Islam. Beside religions, Chinese culture is also one of the main influence in the area since there are many Thai-Chinese living there. The multiculturals in local lives are the uniqueness of the community. It has been carrying on from generations to generations even though Local life are now become more individualistic because of the urbanization. The unique- ness of the community attracts some visitors so the community is little by little transforming from the historical area to experiential traveling community. However, the benefits still mainly go to the businessmen outside the community. The community is still figuring out how community can collaborate to keep the beneficiary for the local people.

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Nong Sarai Village, Kanchanaburi

 

SDG 1: No poverty
SDG 2: Zero hunger
SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Nong Sarai village, Phanom Thuan District, Kanchanaburi is located in the west of Thailand. Most areas are agriculture such as rice farming, vegetable gardens and animal husbandry. People in the community live in a simple way as rural people. They get a low income due to agricultural products that do not create value as it should. Moreover, lot of people have problems with the debt from the loan to invest in agriculture. Thus, the community leaders have adopted the concept of “Sufficiency Economy Principle” of The late King Bhumibol of Thailand to solve the issues. Also, happiness is the primary goal of improving the quality of life for the people in the community.

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Mab Aung Natural Agriculture Center, Chonburi

 

SDG 1: No Poverty
SDG 2: Zero Hunger
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

Rice production has been one of the key economic drivers of Thailand over centuries. However, rice farmers are prone to many challenges during their day to day activities which has resulted in making them one of the poorest segments of the entire society. Late King Bhumibol took significant approaches to address this challenge during his reign. Thus the concept of sufficiency economy came into its life across Thai communities. Mab Aung is one such communities which act as a role model to the whole nation by showcasing how to improvise the sufficiency economy principles at the community level. This approach has enabled them to be economically sustainable while estab- lishing the food security in the community, which can be a great example for many similar communities in Thailand.

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Maekampong Village, Chiangmai

 

SDG 7: Affordable & Clean Energy
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

SDG 13: Climate Change
SDG 15: Life on Land

Maekampong village is situated around 50 km away from Chiangmai. This refreshing environment faced the disastrous impacts of the wildfire which is common in this region. This impacted the local livelihoods causing youth to leave their ancestral lands searching for higher returns in the city. Chief of this community took this as a challenge and devised unique proposals to rehabilitate the weakened community structure. His blueprint consists of avenues such as coffee farming through reforestation, setting up cooperative systems to improve the financial efficacy and promoting ecotourism to strengthen local livelihoods. These strategies has generated opportunities for youth to remain in the community, thus increasing the resilience of the community.

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Saladin Village, Nakorn Pathom

 

SDG 2: Zero Hunger
SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation 

SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

Ban Saladin is a small village located on Mahasawat canal brink in Nakorn Pathom province. In the fourth Rama period, the canal was built to connect Chao Phraya river and Tha Chin river. Along Mahasawat canal, seven piers were also built to access the land and one of them was called Saladin. Accordingly, the village that access from Saladin pier was named after it.

Because of abundant of water resource from the canal, the villager’s way of living is related with water such as their occupation and tradition. There are several organic farm such as lotus farm, rice farm, orchid farm, organic fruit and vegetable garden such as banana, pomelo, and coconut. Moreover, there is a floating market where local farmers gather in order to sell their crops. You will see a lot of local products there such as Khotang  (Crispy fried rice) and local fruits. Most farmers in Ban Saladin divide their land following  the new theory of agriculture into four parts including rice field, vegetable and fruit garden, water reservoir and residential. Besides, the local also create integrated farming using less chemical fertilizer and insecticide.

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Banghuaypeung Village, Chiang Rai

 

SDG 4: Quality Education

SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth
SDG 13: Climate Action

SDG 15: Life on Land

Locating in the northernmost province of Thailand in Chiang Rai, Banhuaiphung is a peaceful community on top of a mountain that Thai people call them as ‘Doi’. Being surrounded by mountains and forests, Banhuaiphung is a community that has cool weather all year and could go as low as 7 degrees celsius in winter. The most interesting part of Banhuaiphung is the cultural diversity within the community. The majority of people are the Chinese people and Tai ethic groups, Shan and Akha people. The people here tend to be fluent in both Chinese and Shan language. The community also experiencing with statelessness issue. As the majority of people in Banhuaiphung are indigenous people, many of them do not national identity card, meaning they are not Thai citizen, which prohibit them from getting social welfare and other services in Thailand. This is also one of the reasons why their job opportunity is very limited. They have to gain permission letters from the local administration to gain such permission to leave the community for other areas inside Chiang Rai and to other provinces.

 

However, they are being extremely satisfied with their lives, they could sustain themselves with what they already have and they do not have the urge of leaving the community behind. They are rich in happiness, and that may be what most of us are currently missing.

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Bangsakae District, Samut Songkhram 

 

SDG 1: No Poverty

SDG 2: Zero Hunger

SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation

SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

Bangsakae District is located in Samut Songkhram Province. Samut Songkhram used to be one of an important in the history of Thailand for agriculture and trading. The area is very resourceful and connected to many canals, rivers and also Thai gulf, and was used to be an important port of Thailand. There are around 600 households in the district. The main occupation in the areas are fruit gardeners. The famous fruits which growing in the areas are Pomelos, Lychees, Coconuts and oranges. There are also special type of Pomelo and Orange which only grow here name “Golden Pomelo” and “Citrus Nobilis”.

As Garden is the main occupation in the areas, most of people are still just do selling it as a fresh fruits to the middle man. In the community, there is a group of gardeners that are gather to develop the fruit processing such as Jam or Juice. However, the diversity of the product are still not various or unique enough to add much value to the product. In the community, there are also Housewife groups who are gathering to make Thai desserts and snacks as a part time works beside gardening time. One of the famous snacks here called “Room” which texture are difference from “Room” in other places.

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