Fellow Since 1993
Southern Thailand Environmental Plan (STEP)
This description of Manop Pratoomthong's work was prepared when Manop Pratoomthong was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1993.
Songkhla Lake, Thailand's largest freshwater lake covering over 400 square miles, has steadily become polluted and now threatens both the marine life within it and the human life around it. Manop Prathomthong is working to mobilize the people who are most affected by this problemthose who depend on the lake for a livingto take charge of cleaning up the lake and managing it in a sustainable way. Learning from the Songkhla Lake experience forms the basis of a model for national and regional citizen mobilization for ecosystem protection and sustainable development.
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