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Thailand — Strengthening Environmental Institutions Program

Key Objectives:

To assist in the institutional strengthening of the environmental and social management capabilities of the Royal Thai government’s environmental agencies in order to help them meet their targets for the power sector.

Completed in 1997

The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) proposed the following technical assistance and training in the form of seminars, workshops and on-site visits as the actions required for institutional strengthening of Thai environmental agencies. The implementation of this initiative began in January 1995 and was completed in 1997. The following principal areas were identified for technical assistance:

  • Environmental Guidelines
  • Environmental Data Management System
  • Involuntary Resettlement
  • Health Hazards for Employees at Site Levels
  • Laboratory Design
  • Air Quality Monitoring and Modelling
  • Ash Utilisation
  • Renewable Energies – Promotion of Solar Energy

In addition, staff of the relevant departments of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (MOSTE), as well as the national utility (EGAT), travelled to GSEP members’ countries for technical visits on a variety of subjects. These visits were made possible through financing from the World Environment Centre.

In April 1997, as the project was nearing its completion, it was already apparent that the project was successful in meeting its objectives. In December 1996, the GSEP received a letter of gratitude from the Deputy Director General of the Pollution Control Department of MOSTE, stating that the “training and technical assistance activities have been valuable in strengthening our staff” and “each of the seminars conducted to date have been well-received.”

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