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Issue No:85
  • :0976 1121
  • :May
  • :2021

Samudra Report No.85, May 2021


Thailand / Social Development

Filling The Gap Between Theory and Practice

While Thailand has been proactive in implementing the SSF Guidelines, much work is required to join social development with sustainable fisheries

This article by Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk (, Director, Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF), Thailand and the summary is prepared by Silke Moxon-Riedlin (, NHSEI Project Coordinator, London, United Kingdom

In 2015 all UN member states, including Thailand, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that include: Ending poverty, improving healthcare and education, tackling climate change, reducing inequality, and stimulating economic growth. Thailand has committed to achieving these goals by ‘leaving no-one behind’, thus laying the groundwork to achieve social and economic equality and acting as an impetus to transition from an ‘upper-middle income’ country to ‘high income’ country, as outlined in Thailand’s 20-year National Strategy (2018-2037).

SDG 14 is titled ‘life below water’. It calls for the sustainable use and conservation of oceans, sea and marine resources, including small-scale fisheries. It...

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