|Activities by NGOs and CBOs
|Case 3: People’s Effort to Rehabilitate Their River
to Rehabilitate Their River
| Field of activity
||Field of activity includes
various manners related to protection , rehabilitation and
dissolution water quality.
of Implementing Organization
|| The We Love Thachin River Societies
|| The activities initiated in 1999
and proceed to present
|Area of Activity
|| Cover four provinces in The Thachin
|| Funding has been supportedfrom
various organizations such as , Department of Environmental
Quality Promotion, Mahidol University, Health Systems
Research Institute, Fund Raising etc.
Pollution from both point and non-point sources have been discharged
into the second most important river cathment in
Thailand, the Thachin River Basin major point sources
of pollutants include domestic and industrial waste discharges
as well as some agricultural point sources such as pig,
duck fish and other farms. In may, 2000 the Thachin River experienced
a serious contamination event resulting in massive fish kills and critical
pollution level being exceeded, the situation arose following heavy.
Rain in April when trapped
putrid water from the flooded fields were discharge directly to the
river almost all the same time. This event highlighted the lack of coordination
between government agencies and civil society.
Thus, a significant
environmental mishap has triggered the first step on the road to integrated
basin management and also presented an opportunity for unprecedented
levels of cooperation between the public and private sectors. The We
Love Thachin RiverSocieties
of Chainat, Suphanburi, Nakhon Pathom and Samut Sakhon Provinces. They
are committed to working collaborative to restore water quality in the
Contents of activity
Several main activities have been conducted for a year in order
to contribute healthy river which can briefly conclude as following
- Expanding the network in order to cover the canal receiving
waste water from various sources and finally flow
to The Thachin
River . The member of canal must be the model and the leader in
watching and tending as well as suggest concepts and ideas to remedy
their canal through several related activities. Conducting those
activities resulting in better quality of life. For
example, in some canals that orchard have been converted from chemical
agriculture to organic agriculture it has been found that not only
better environment and good health can be clearly observed but also
their income increase significantly from eco-tourism and organic agricultural
added more value to their product.
- Bolstering fish raising zone in the temple along the river.
From this activity there are many temples along the river become
the destination for tourist and the advantage connect to the temple
and people. Since temples can collect more income from selling fish’s feed
for tourist and people nearby that area can also release their
agricultural product for tourist.
- Building public awareness through several activities; Establishing
Loving Thachin Youth Group in the educational institute to
create the successor in order to proceed the intention of previous
generation and using this channel to transfer environmental awareness
and responsibility to their parent. Cruise drawing contest. Thachin’s
essay contest. Thachin’s speech contest. Managing environmental
youth camp. Train the trainer. Learning by doing by embedding environmental
friendly habit in daily life. Monitor and survey aquatic environment
and water quality in various items such as chemical, biological,
physical items and aquatic plant and animal by using simple
method and local wisdom ; more over, it be inserted in the ordinary
lesson of school. Campaign and public relation in a
special day such as earth day, canal conservation day etc.
- Induced and motivated government to stop water gate
project. Since they learnt from Bangkphakok’s experience.Water
gate has brought a serious problem to aquatic environment and it’s
impact has change people way of life. They can’t utilise water
resource in daily life as usual .Thus people in The Thachin
River Basin made a lot of effort to prevent those
events from their river . After it had been in public consensus
process around one year, finally their strong power ,benefit suggestion,
and reliable information could convince government to re-considerate
and this project has been suspended.
- Rehabilitate and restore the canals by dredging sediment and collecting water
hyacinth in waterways. Since the sediment and water hyacinth are also a copious
problem and increase degree of water pollution. This group of people try to return
fertile and healthy to these canal by dredging sediment and collecting water
hyacinth as much as fund ,man power and situation can give them the opportunity.
- Coordinate and work together with other organization include local, provincial,
region, and central government as well as business sector ,educational sector,
religion sector ,community and press and media sector. Looking further at the
ultimate goal it is no use blaming and separating other partner from the their
river on the other hand they try to convince until they discern and become the
partner working and walking to reach the goal together.
- Raising fund for conducting related activities can benefit not only the
money for supporting their activities but also can rise public awareness
and attract more people to get involved as well as can remind them that they
have duty to tend their river start from donation their money.
Points of success and factors
Can expand the networking to 10 canals. School and Temple adopt their
concepts and ideas as well as promote it to children and communities.
The youth group participate in water quality monitoring as a part of
the lesson. And can be the role model for other watershed organization.
The most important factor that encourage and pushing this
group to move forward without discourage is their ultimate destination
for healthy river, although working in the field of environmental promotion
is a arduous task and consume a long distance. However they cherish cooperative
manner and positive attitude and persuade community, temple and
school to be a powerful base.