Lions Village was built on Phra Thong Island with the support of Lions Club International in the aftermath of the tsunami. Lions Village has provided an important site for tsunami-affected communities to recreate a relationship with their traditional livelihoods and land.
Recognising the fragility of both natural and human communities on Phra Thong, Mangrove Action Project (MAP) began working on the island in 2007 to build capacity for sustainable livelihoods and implement critical management initiatives
The establishment of a Community Conservation Centre (CCC) has provided fundamental infrastructure for environmental programs and local livelihood initiatives. The CCC will provide a research base and education facility for the monitoring and conservation of sea grass meadows, mangrove forests, and marine turtles. A local tie dye group and community based tourism programme has also been established, and is based in the CCC, which supports capacity building and village livelihoods.
This project is in process of establishing a functional Community Conservation Centre (CCC) at Lions Village and providing nature interpretation and mangrove ecotour kayak guide training for villagers at Tha Pae Yoi Village. Also, it is developing bilingual island-wide Eco-guide handbook for visitors, locals adults, and school children.
“Koh Phra Thong” or Phra Thong Island locates 150 km north of Phuket in the Andaman Sea, in Kuraburi District, Phang Nga Province. There are six distinct ecosystems on the island; namely mangrove forest, beach forest, swamp forest, savannah, seagrass bed, and coral reefs. Globally, the island has been identified as an “Important Bird Area” by BirdLife International.