The Dawna Tenasserim, straddling the Myanmar-Thailand border, has some of the largest remaining areas of contiguous tropical moist and deciduous forests in Southeast Asia. Over 83% of the landscape is still forested and it harbors exceptional biodiversity and globally important populations of tigers, Asian elephants, and a myriad of other species. Embedded within the Dawna Tenasserim is the Western Forest Complex (WEFCOM) in Thailand, which includes 19 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. In addition, the Dawna Tenasserim also includes other protected areas in Thailand as well as critical conservation areas in Myanmar.
The 179,896 km2 Dawna Tenasserim is almost as large as the entire country of Cambodia and is recognized within WWF as one of five priority landscapes worldwide. This underlines the global importance of the landscape and the urgency to conserve it. To find such a vast, intact ecosystem within Southeast Asia is rare. The Dawna Tenasserim is not only important for protecting biodiversity but also multiple ecosystem services that support both natural and human communities. Its long-term protection is dependent on understanding and developing benefit streams to local communities to ensure their support and wellbeing through conservation efforts.
The Research Consultant/s will conduct a socio-economic profile for different representative villages located in and around the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex. The profile will be to gather socio-economic baseline data before interventions which will serve as benchmark for monitoring project impact at the end of the project as well as provide information to WWF Thailand in developing further its community based conservation work in the landscape.
Conduct with trained community enumerators as required, a socio-economic survey of households in selected villages in Mae Nam Pachi using individual household survey and focused group discussions as tools. The results of the socio economic survey will inform the project on opportunities and improvement of communities’ incomes and livelihoods that support sustainable management of forests and immediate environment. Such profiles will also serve as benchmark for monitoring project impact at the end of the project as well as provide information to WWF Thailand in developing further its community based conservation work in the landscape. The consultant will then use the household survey results to prepare the socio economic profile of Mae Nam Pachi in Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex thorough analysis of the findings, identify data gaps, and provide practical and actionable recommendations in moving forward the community engagement and sustainable livelihood development work.
Scope of work
Outputs/ deliverable of performance and time schedule
The consultant will be expected to produce:
Consultancy – Socio-economic baseline study focused on livelihoods of two (2) engaged communities in Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex
Contact : Regan.Pairojmahakij@wwfgreatermekong.org