Developing Institutional Structural Frameworks for Promoting The Eco-Industrial Towns under The Context of Thailand

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Siwatt Pongpiachan


This paper explores the development of institutional structural frameworks for promoting eco-industrial towns in the context of Thailand. Eco-industrial towns are sustainable development models that aim to integrate industrial activities with environmental stewardship and social well-being. The study examines the unique challenges and opportunities in Thailand and proposes a comprehensive framework to facilitate the establishment and successful operation of eco-industrial towns. The research identifies the need for a holistic approach that balances economic growth, environmental protection, and community engagement. Drawing on international best practices and lessons learned from existing eco-industrial towns worldwide, the paper presents a conceptual framework tailored to the Thai context. The proposed institutional structural framework comprises several key elements. First, it emphasizes the establishment of a dedicated regulatory and policy framework that incentivizes sustainable practices and sets clear environmental and social performance standards. Second, it promotes the formation of partnerships among various stakeholders, including government agencies, industries, local communities, and non-governmental organizations, to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange. Furthermore, the framework highlights the importance of capacity building and knowledge dissemination to enhance understanding and implementation of eco-industrial principles. It suggests the establishment of training programs, research institutes, and platforms for sharing best practices and technological innovations. Additionally, the involvement of financial institutions and mechanisms to facilitate access to capital for eco-industrial projects is underscored.

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