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Thailand: The Government of Japan provides Grant Assistance for Community Capacity Building for Flood Prevention in Petchabun Province

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The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 3,062,300 baht for a project entitled "Community Capacity Building for Flood Prevention and Environmental Rehabilitation of the Phasak River and its Khon Kaen Tributary". On February 10, 2010, H.E. Mr. Kyoji Komachi, Ambassador of Japan and Ms. Orranoot Phonphinyo, Representative of the Network Group for Flood Prevention and Environmental Rehabilitation of the Phasak River and its Khon Kaen Tributary jointly signed the funding contract for the project at the Embassy of Japan.

During the rainy season between May and October, many mudslides and floods occur in Petchabun province. The heavy rain in September 2006 caused much damage, and more than eighty percent of Lomsak district was submerged. This caused a great deal of damage to the crops which were to be harvested, and many houses were destroyed or flooded. There are still many traces of the destruction all over the province.

This damage led 215 families in Lomsak district to organize a disaster prevention committee. They started several activities such as dredging rivers and monitoring water revels in rivers or irrigation dams in cooperation with local administrative organizations. However, the level of effectiveness is still low.

In response to a request from the Network Group for Flood Prevention and Environmental Rehabilitation of the Phasak River and its Khon Kaen Tributary, the Government of Japan is providing funds for the cost of training for community capacity building, the cost of rehabilitation of rivers and mountains, the cost of vocational training, and the purchase of equipment. It is expected that the residents' awareness of disaster prevention management will be raised, that their income will increase through additional business activities, and that their lives will become more stable.

The Japanese government intends to continue supporting projects which contribute to the prevention of disasters and an improvement in people's lives through its Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP).

For more information about GGP, please contact:

Mr. Toshihiro Motobayashi, First Secretary, Ms. Sensui / Ms. Suthawadee, Coodinator for GGP and Ms. Ashida, Staff

Embassy of Japan

177 Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330

Telephone: 02-207-8500 / 02-696-3000 ext. 514, 558 Facsimile: 02-207-8517