With the second largest economy in ASEAN, Thailand is one of the most dynamic countries in Southeast Asia. But over the past decade, despite being an upper middle income country, Thailand has faced slowing economic growth, declining foreign investment, and political instability. With growing concerns about trade, education, inequality, and the environment, the Royal Thai Government is moving forward on several major reform initiatives, integrating principles of self-sufficiency across government programs and new investments. Thailand is also in the midst of a major political transition, with elections scheduled in 2018. The conflict in the southernmost provinces continues, with prospects for a peaceful settlement are still elusive. Since 1954, The Asia Foundation has been supporting Thailand’s development, including during key transitions.
Our thoughts are with the Thai people over the recent passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand’s beloved monarch, during this period of mourning.
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Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) Training Package
Co-developed by The Asia Foundation, The Department of Water Resource, and Kasetsart University, this IWRM curriculum, Thailand’s first of its kind, is tailored for river basin organizations and multi-stakeholder in the river basins. It is structured as a two-part package; a) fundamental concept and principles behind the basin approach to water management, guiding principles of basin planning and how it differs from other planning, application of this approach elsewhere in other contexts, and processes and practical steps to apply the approach; and b) application to Thachine River Basin—this 9-chapter part includes all key information about Thachine and provides overview of the basin using an integrated approach, with exercises and ready-to-use power point presentations included in every chapter.
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