Posted on 05 June 2018
To commemorate the World Environmental Day in June, WWF-Thailand announces the process completion to nominate the Lower Songkhram River basin as Thailand’s 15th RAMSAR site.
June 5, 2018 – Bangkok:
WWF-Thailand’s 3-year conservation project, financially supported by the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) as part of its 5-year Global Water Programme, has resulted in the conservation mechanism being installed to protect this very important freshwater source in the northeast of Thailand. This would also be the first RAMSAR site in Thailand nominated as a result of the partnership between the private sector, local government and NGO, marking it as a remarkable case of success in conservation work. HSBC is also the first financial institute in Thailand to promote RAMSAR nomination.
The Songkhram River Basin is one of the most important, yet one of the least known, rivers of Thailand’s northeastern region. It is the last Mekong tributary in Thailand that has no major infrastructure blocking the water flow. This means, fishes can swim freely into Songkhram River from Mekong and use it as a spawning ground. This will, in turn, replenish fish stocks and become food sources for this part of the Mekong Region. The quality of water in Songkhram River is also vital for agriculture, especially rice farming. Once accepted by the National Environmental Board, this soon-to-be RAMSAR site will cover 92 kms. stretch of Songkhram River, or an area of 34,000 Rais encompassing 49 communities, and over 240,000 people will be positively affected.
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