Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
1) Destruction and/or degradation of mangrove forests, coral reefs, seagrass beds and the coast as a whole due to forest encroachment and use of destructive fishing gears.
2) Destruction and/or degradation of sago palm forests along canals and rivers due to actions by the government's Irrigation Department and modern agriculture as a result of the government policy to promote cash crop farming
3) Lost of sources of food, thus vulnerability of food security, and lowincomes, thus poverty as consequently of problem (1) and (2).
4) Young people left their community to find job elsewhere.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
Pisit Charnsnoh, the founder and Chairman of Yadfon Association, pioneered development and environment conservation by nonprofit/non-governmental organisations in Southern Thailand, establishing Yadfon Association as the first development oriented (as against welfare oriented) NPO/NGO in the region. Leaving a large international organisations to return 'home' in the south to form a small, own organisation, he was also among the first, if not the very first, Thai development worker to made best use of being a 'local' with connections, particularly kinship, knowledge of local culture and custom, and dialect to achieve effective outcomes.
Yadfon Association has always been an innovator. In 1986, community forest, especially community mangrove forest, concept and practice was new to Thailand and probably in South East Asia, so innovative that it quickly became a source of learning/studies, a model that inspired many others. A symbol, in this case dugong, was innovatively used to effectively inspire actors and supporters, and mobilise actions that both protect natural resources and improve livelihoods.
In 2000, Yadfon introduced holistic and systematic approach to build social capital to save and restore sago palm forests, from creating paradigms and identities, including a deep meaning but easy-to-remember slogan, for common understanding and unity building to use of learning and sharing process as an important change process instead of confrontation, and wide-ranged and continuous use of all forms of media, including mass media, while bargaining/negotiating to win or gain upper hand both in term of knowledge, meaning and interpretation, and in term of specific tangible points of concern or problems over more powerful parties.
Building of a social capital for protection and management of the whole river basin from the mountainous source of water area to freshwater wetland, saline/brackish water wetland and coastal area of the river system is also unique