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Thailand Unveils Environmental Sensitivity Index

Thailand Unveils Environmental Sensitivity Index

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A fishing vessel and oil rig in the North Sea (Photo from WWF)

A fishing vessel and oil rig in the North Sea (Photo from WWF)

The Government of Thailand has unveiled the Environment Sensitivity Index (ESI) Atlas for the Gulf of Thailand.

The ESI was developed as a guide for planning against oil spills and other environmental hazards, a report from IW:LEARN said.

Aside from Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam have also officially adopted the ESI.

In a workshop held in December 2013, representatives from the subregional project steering committee, national ESI technical teams, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and PEMSEA reviewed the drafted Gulf of Thailand ESI Atlas and shared experiences and lessons learned in implementing the project, the report said.

The Gulf of Thailand ESI Atlas highlights coastal resources in the region that are at risk if an oil spill occurs.

The atlas will serve as a model for establishing similar guidelines for Cambodia and Viet Nam, the report added.

The technical teams are also planning to conduct more training workshops on ESI mapping in each country.

(Story courtesy of IW:LEARN, photo courtesy of WWF)

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