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Field study in Rayong and Chanthaburi Provinces

Location of the field study areaThe field study for Thailand focuses on two provinces, Rayong and Chanthaburi, in the Eastern Region. A profile of the region and provinces is provided, including PAs, other natural resources and socio-economic characteristics. Connections between PAs and economic development are demonstrated using three sitespecific examples:

  • a river sub-basin containing Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park, with a focus on tourism and water supply and quality;
  • a near-shore marine environment, involving marine protected areas along the southern boundary of Rayong Province and Koh Samet National Park, with an emphasis on fisheries and tourism; and
  • a terrestrial-coastal development (the Kung Krabaen Royal Project), featuring shrimp production, oyster production and fisheries, and its interaction with PAs and the natural environment.


Thailand field study [PDF 976 KB]
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Introduction to the field studies [PDF 63 KB]
Map of land cover in the field study area [GIF 68 KB]


  1. Introduction
    1. Approach to the study
    2. The study area
  2. Regional context
    1. Geo-economic sub-regions
    2. Protected areas in the Eastern Region
    3. Economic development in the Eastern Region
  3. Rayong and Chanthaburi provinces
    1. Geographical features
    2. Demographics and economics
    3. Development planning and protected area management
  4. Management of river sub-basins
    1. Water resources in the region
    2. Management of water resources
    3. Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park
  5. Near-shore marine ecological systems
    1. Marine protected areas in Rayong and Chanthaburi provinces
    2. Fishing
    3. Koh Samet National Park
  6. Kung Krabaen Royal Development Project
    1. The Royal Development Study Centre
    2. Protected and conservation areas
    3. Production
    4. Contribution of the protected areas
  7. Summary and conclusions
    1. Protected areas and development
    2. Lessons for protected area planning and management
    3. Rapid economic assessment techniques
    4. Scientific and technical analysis
    5. Capacity-building
  8. Section 8 References and selected reading


The field study team

The field study in Thailand was carried out by Piti Kantangkul (Faculty of Economics, Kasetsart University), Sopon Naruchaikusol, Supavadee Meenapa, Atthakorn Suntornwat and Alisara Narksakun (Graduate students from Kasetsart University Faculty of Economics), Piyathip Eawpanich (PAD review national
coordinator) and David James (Senior Economist for the PA Review). Personnel from various local and central government agencies actively participated in field study visits and contributed to the field study.