Coastal Project Impact Assessment for Thailand
The Coastal HAbitats and Resources Management (CHARM) project was a five year collaborative project between the European Union (EU) and the Royal THai Government (RTG), implemented through the Department of Fisheries (DoF) and CHARM,s own staff. CHARM attempted to produce a coastal resource management framework through the promotion of co-management between the RTG at all levels and the private sector, non-government organisations and local communities.
CHARM's original geographic coverage was five provinces in upper southern Thailand: Surat Thani, Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Trang. Due to the devastation of December 2004 tsunami on the west coast of Thailand, a sixth province Ranong, was added as CHARM extended its coverage to help the affected communities of this province.
In April 2007 CHARM commissioned Wetlands International Thailand Office (WI TO) to perform and end-of-project review of the effect CHARM has had in coastal communities. The key objectives of this research were to analyse the impact CHARM (The Coastal Habitats and Resources Management) has had on coastal natural resources. WI also examined the use and effectiveness of co-management and whether this had changed or improved how coastal habitats and resources were managed.