Nakha Community Action

naka village - youth conservation

The ecosystems around Nakha are home to rare orchids, hornbills, wild elephant; and a number of endemic species including the Water Lily, white palm, and fresh-water carp. In past, the natural resources of Nakha were often taken advantage of by corrupt business interests, leading to deforestation and poor water quality. Deforestation and poor water quality affected the human and natural communities.

Eventually, villagers from Ban Fai Tah and Ban Rai Nai banded together with national environmental activists to create Klong Nakha Wildlife Sanctuary — a 300,000 rai preserve that recognizes the access rights of local communities. Simultaneously, villagers formed agriculture and fishery associations to manage resources outside the sanctuary.

naka village - erosion threats

The Klong Nakha Ecotourism Club was formed to conserve the endangered Nakha water lily, which is found only in Klong Nakha and surrounding rivers. The Ecotourism Club is motivated more by a conservation ethic than income, and any profit is used to sponsor rafting trips for local school children. Groups of government officials are among the most common visitors, offering opportunities for policy influence.

Local leaders also created a youth conservation group that is currently involved in water quality research, GPS mapping of Klong Nakha, garbage collection. The youth group also helps protect the Water Lily by gathering the lilies in the monsoon, propagating them in a nursery, and replanting in natural habitat.

naka village - community action

naka village - monitoring evaluation