The National State of Oceans and Coasts (NSOC) Report of Thailand 2015 is part of the initiative to assess country and regional progress in implementing the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (S DS-SEA). The report presents a comprehensive description and analysis of the state of oceans and coasts, covering both the ocean economy (e.g., fisheries, tourism, shipping and ports, etc.) and ocean health (e.g., coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass, and marine water quality). It also covers blue economy development in Thailand and its innovations as well as opportunities for investments and ocean governan ce. The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) is the key agency in preparation of the reort, with technical support from the Thailand Environment Institute. In preparing the report, a technical working group comprising of representatives from DMCR and other concerned government agencies, academic institutions, and experts was set up. A stakeholder consultation workshop was org anized to review the report and provide inputs. Thailand is in the process of reforming the government sector, including organizations involved in marine and coastal resource management. The outcome of this report will be useful for Thailand in improving marine and coastal resou rce management as well as guiding the development of blue economy in the country. Furthermore, it helps us strengthen our implementation of international conventions and agreerments rel ated to oceans and seas, and promote cooperation at the regional and internatio nal levels. The Government of Thailand appreciates the financial support from the Global Environment Facillty (GEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through PEMSEA Resource Facility for the preparation of this report.
Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)