Thailand and New Zealand to Share Experience on Community Participation in Watershed Restoration

During June 20-24, the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) and Waikato Regional Council of New Zealand hosted an observational program in Waikato for stakeholder representatives from Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and civil society groups from the Tha Chin River Basin to see first-hand community involvement tools and techniques in protecting and restoring waters. The Thai delegation met with representatives from the Waikato Regional Council, Whaingaroa Environment Center, Taupo Lake Care, Landcare group and dairy farmer to discuss citizen participation in awareness raising, monitoring, policy formulation and restoration in Waikato region. As for next steps, the Working Group, chaired by Regional Environment Office 5 of MoNRE, will develop a draft community participation framework for Tha Chin River Basin and organize a stakeholder consultation meeting in November.