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.

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 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 feeling of unity to the community.
Coconut sugar demonstration and shop
Coconut sugar processing
Coconut sugar processing
Coconut sugar ready for sale
Coconut flower syrup
Coconut sugar demonstration area
  • Coconut sugar demonstration and shop
  • Coconut sugar processing
  • Coconut sugar processing
  • Coconut sugar ready for sale
  • Coconut flower syrup
  • Coconut sugar demonstration area
  • Coconut sugar demonstration and shop

    Credit: College of Management Mahidol University
  • Coconut sugar processing

    Credit: College of Management Mahidol University
  • Coconut sugar processing

    Credit: College of Management Mahidol University
  • Coconut sugar ready for sale

    Credit: College of Management Mahidol University
  • Coconut flower syrup

    Credit: College of Management Mahidol University
  • Coconut sugar demonstration area

    Credit: College of Management Mahidol University
  • Coconut sugar demonstration and shop
  • Coconut sugar processing
  • Coconut sugar processing
  • Coconut sugar ready for sale
  • Coconut flower syrup
  • Coconut sugar demonstration area

Amphawa-Chaipattananurak Conservation Project

Serving as a reminder of the past, the Amphawa-Chaipattananurak Conservation Project today has become a center of collaboration to conserve and develop Thai traditions on which the Amphawa residents pride themselves. Successful implementation demands local participation, with the Chaipattana Foundation as planner and facilitator to ensure cultural conservation and social development is embedded in the community on its path to self-reliance and sustainability.

Because the cultural heritage at the Amphawa riparian community is not intended to be kept alive merely within the local community, the Project has been promoted as a destination for ecotourism for both Thai and foreign visitors. The project area comprises five sections:

1. Agricultural Demonstration Farm
An orchard has been developed to demonstrate integrated fruit farming based on local wisdom. Fruit farming is considered to be integral to Amphawa livelihoods. This farm also serves as a centre for information sharing between agricultural practitioners and experts.

2. Nakhawarang Cultural Demonstrations
This multi-purpose area hosts performances and activities to promote local culture and traditional ways of life along the Mae Klong River. They rotate monthly and include the following:
  • Thai traditional musical
  • Demonstration of coconut leaf weaving
  • Traditional cooking
  • Traditional Thai puppet show
  • Demonstration of leather shadow play carving
3. Community Shops
Located along the Pracha-uthit Road, commercial space is offered for rent to local traders within the Amphawa Municipal City. Visitors can enjoy browsing shops that sell local and Thai crafts and antiques as well as souvenirs. Local and traditional food, desserts and fruits are always available.

4. Chaan Chala Coffee & Tea House
Situated on the Amphawa canal, Chaan Chala has become a popular rendezvous point for visitors who can sit back and enjoy the vintage and retro interior in peace while observing the lively floating market outside. Managed by the Chaipattana Foundation, Chaan Chala (Platform) also serves hot and cold beverages together with tasty ice cream and Thai sweets. Visitors can also shop for the Project’s high quality gifts and souvenirs.

5. Amphawa Community Exhibition
Located close to Chaan Chala is an area for exhibition items and information to promote local culture and traditions and help visitors gain knowledge about the Amphawa riparian community’s past and present.

Location

Tambon Amphawa, Amphoe Amphawa, Chang Wat,
Samut Songkhram 75110 Thailand
Tel: +66 34 752 245

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