Ban Na Community Action

river kayaking conservation

Ban Na has an active conservation group led by the charismatic Pachernsak Jeakkajorn (Lek). The group is actively working to counter unsustainable practices like river dredging and monocrop commercial plantations. The conservation group is also investigating the potential of tourism activities to help halt the degradation of the area and eventually reverse it by reintroducing the cultivation of sustainable mixed agriculture through community-based tourism.

Working closely with IUCN staff, community members have identified ecotourism development as an part of an overall conservation strategy. Locals have recently been engaged in community resource mapping, with attention to both conservation and potential tourism activities.