WWF-Thailand’s SCP Project Supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
WWF-Thailand’s Sustainable Consumption and Production team (WWF-SCP) held their first consultation workshop on establishing low carbon production and consumption in Thailand on 18 October 2017 at the Pullman Bangkok King Power Hotel, Thailand. The high-level workshop, with the aim of facilitating a roundtable discussion and identifying opportunities for cooperation on SCP implementation in Thailand, brought together key national authorities, national government agencies, research institutions and civil society organizations.
The workshop aimed to provide an open space for cross-learning and exchange of visions, approaches, models and tools among participants to achieve deforested-free food supply chain in the context of environmental sustainability and rural community development.
The high-level workshop began with introductory remarks by Mr. Bill Possiel, Regional Conservation Director of WWF-Greater Mekong Region, who highlighted on the substantive element of WWF-Thailand’s latest project on SCP as a catalyst for transformative change on sustainable development.
The opening ceremony was presided over by Dr.Wijarn Simachaya, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, who pointed towards the workshop as a facilitative space for transformative awareness and discussion on SCP in support of a coherent United Nations’ approach, with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 10-year Framework for programmes on SCP patterns as guiding frameworks.
The meeting included presentations by WWF-Thailand on the IKI-SCP project by Project Manager, Mr. Ply Pirom, who showcased approaches that offer complementary pathways and tools towards a sustainable food system, as well as increasing well-being, social equity and rural community development. Project partners from Chiang Mai Social Enterprise (CSE) and Thai Organic Agricultural Innovation Foundation also presented key aspects and recommendations that need to be considered, in the implementation of the SCP framework in Thailand, including:
- Increasing availability of organic produce (“Local Food”)
- Improving traditional farming practices
- Ensuring stakeholders involvement
- Advancing a job-driven economy for local communities
Further to an overall presentation of the research, the workshop further promoted an intercultural dialogue exchange and feedback on the SCP project implementation on the way forward towards achieving a deforested-free food chain model. With a steering committee of multi-stakeholders set to push the project’s SCP implementation forward, the close collaboration and cooperation will help strengthen IKI-SCP’s public enforcement as a forerunner of environmental sustainability in Thailand. The broadened scope of the project will allow for increased leveraging and engagement while also achieving expected outputs to:
- Develop a systemic framework for sustainability assessment
- Promote product tracing across the food supply chain
- Advance SCP area-based holistic models for smart sustainable farming
IKI-SCP’s second implementing agencies consultation workshop will be held during the first quarter of 2018 in Thailand. More information can be here: www.scp.wwf.or.th
Background: The IKI-SCP project is a three-year project funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) as part of their International Climate Initiative (IKI). It is moreover affiliated project to the 10YFP Sustainable Food Systems Programme. The project is led by WWF-Germany, and implemented by WWF Country Offices in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. The project aims to contribute to the implementing countries’ capacities for integrating and making better use of SCP principles in politics, private businesses and civil society as a means for living up to their national climate strategies.