Koh Phra Tong Research

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  • 1. Kho Phra Thong Home Stay Project Stephanie Falzone Suza Khy Michelle Honda

2. Introduction

  • Heard about it at Ban Talay Nok
  • We saw the opportunity to be a positive influence on the sustainability of the project

3. Ban Lion 4.

  • Upon arrival, we realized many of our original ideas had already been set in motion
  • Such ideas included a community map, a language guide, andactivities to do with visitors
  • Academic Context: providing information about establishing community based tourism in response to post tsunami village development

5. Claudio (Naucrates) Mangrove Expert Por (MAP) Translator/ Community Coordinator Not pictured: Ning (MAP) Mangrove Action Project Monica (Naucrates) Sea Turtle Expert 6. Methods We went from house to house with our translator to do informal interviews and took written notes 7. Home stay results Aad, Jip, and Koy: our homestay family 8. Tours of the island Mangroves Savannah 9. Cooking classes 10. 11. Results of our interviews

  • Focus of interviews
    • Why they want to participate, what they hope to gain, what they would like to share
  • What we found out
    • Similar opinions they all wanted to share their language, culture, bring awareness about the existence of Koh Phrathong

12. Discussion: Services Provided Sign making 13. Certificate making for garden competition 14. Working in the Community Garden 15. Attending a Community Meeting

    • Providing valuable information for the organizations involved in developing the home stay program and the village

16. Discussion: Knowledge Gained

  • Social Sustainability
    • Indicators: involvement of villagers to community activities; having an official representative to address their needs; establishment and execution of plans for the entire community; open and honest communication amongst the villagers; env education
  • Economic Sustainability
    • Indicators: having a stable income; making sure the money goes to the locals; good management of community fund
  • Ecological Sustainability
    • Indicators: lessening the ecological impact of their activities;engaging in sustainable practices (composting, recycling, water use);

17. Village Results

  • Village needs better water system because they only have 2 wells and one that works but is silty; needs a leader to gather all the communities together; lack of a proper school system (no teacher);waste management

18. Pair Wise Ranking: Village Needs Water Electricity Community Leader Waste Management School Total Water x Water Community Leader Water Water 7 Electricity Water x Community Leader School 0 Community Leader Community Leader x Community Leader 6 Waste Management Water Water Community Leader x School 0 School Water School Community Leader School x 4 19. 20. Social, Economic, Ecological Sustainability

    • Because the village is young and with people coming in from all different villages, the village is slowly establishing itself.
    • They are working towards more conservation and sustainable efforts but there is always room for improvement
      • (i.e. improving community relations, waste management, water distribution, community fund)


  • What we know now: gained the villagers perspective of their motivations to joined the cbt, their expectations, the relationship between the villagers and MAP & NAUCRATES

Our research project is unique because were performing a preliminary analysis of the cbt before it launches 22. Discussion- Limitations

  • Our information may have been biased because our translator was part of an outside organization that had come to work with the community
  • It was also difficult to get the opinions of villagers who were not active and involved in community organizing.
  • Most of people interviewed were reluctant to seem too opinionated because it is part of Thai culture not to criticize
  • The weather also proved problematic
  • Our research method required a lot of time on the part of the villagers and were not able to get to all of the houses we wanted to

23. Conclusions

  • Education can make villagers more aware of the value of their natural resources instead of imposing outside opinions
  • The villagers want to move towards sustainable living, but have difficulty doing so because of factors beyond their control.

24. Special Thanks to.

  • Claudio, Monica, Por, Ning, all the villagers, and our homestay hosts!!!