Program Case Studies

The Sufficiency Thinking in Sustainable Development program has been designed to showcase the SEP and how it has been implemented in different parts of Thai society.

Sampran Riverside Farm

The “Sampran Model” features a practical adaptation of King Bhumibol’s “Explosion from Within” in the context of local business development.

Mr. Arrut Nawarat, the project’s mastermind, is an ardent advocate of integrated organic agriculture. Farmers’ produce is directly delivered to customers at reasonable prices. The aim is to put the community’s production-related economic, social and environmental systems on a sustainable basis.

Royally-Initiated Laem Phak Bia Environmental Research and Development Project (LERD)

Using the principle of “Nature cures nature”, the late King Bhumibol initiated Laem Phak Bia Royal Project to treat wastewater and organic solid waste through environmentally and ecologically sustainable methods. Local people are encouoraged to use the area to grow economic crops for wastewater filtration and to fish in regenerated mangrove forest areas.

Wastewater is treated through use of oxidation ponds, constructed wetlands, and mangrove forests that filter wastewater from the municipality of Phetchaburi.

Wat Don Sai School

With various projects implemented by students, the school is now serving as a vital learning center for those who are interested in SEP in practice. Ban Don Sai Rice Mill, an example of the school’s outstanding projects, guarantees enough produce to nourish all the students as well as allows the community to purchase its own milled rice at low prices.

Amphawa-Chaipattananurak Conservation Project

The chemical-free, mixed-crop garden is promoted not only as a place that exhibits Amphawa local wisdom and art of living, but also a ground as a space for farmers to exchange their knowledge in “sufficiency-style” agriculture.

Also provided is a space for local people to display and sell their products, bringing income and a great “vibe” of unity to the community.


Tangmo, a Thai clothing manufacturer, generates revenue of around 400 million baht per year. The Tangmo brand is a well-known and highly visible Thai brand name.

Tangmo produces a wide variety of products, some of which integrate Thai culture and local wisdom, and its products are for people of all ages and genders. Some products use ideas and processes from traditional Thai culture such as indigo-dyed fabrics or traditional Thai sarongs, called “pa-tung” in Thai. These products are designed and influenced by the arts and crafts in Thai culture.

Mahasawat Canal

Mahasawat is the name of a twenty-seven-kilometer canal constructed in 1860 and officially opened to traffic in 1862 as a shortcut to Phra Pathommachedi, a stupa in Nakhon Pathom province.

This waterway offered a shorter travelling distance by connecting Bangkok Noi Canal to the Nakhon Chaisi (Tha Chin) River, and led to the settlement of villagers on the unoccupied land in that region. Initially, the canal was named by King Rama VI as “Maha Sawasdee” to correspond with the previously constructed canal called “Chedi Bucha”, and later shortened to “Mahasawat”.

In addition, the sub-district located to the west of the canal comprised of four villages - Sala Nok Krajork, Klong Mahasawat, Sala Din, and Klong Yong - was named “Mahasawat” as well (klong, in Thai, means a canal). As a result, the destination is also known “Klong Mahasawat” or “Mahasawat Canal”.

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