Bang Pu: Thailand’s First Urban Nature Education Centre

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John W. K. Parr
Trirach Pukotchasarnseen
Teerayuth La-orphanphol


One of the last remnant patches of mangrove in the Gulf of Thailand, protected within the Royal Thai Army Recreation and Convalescence Centre at Bang Pu in Samut Prakan Province, was developed as Thailand’s first urban nature education centre in partnership by the Royal Thai Army, WWF– Thailand and the corporate sector. This article describes this development and the strategic role of the Bang Pu Nature Education Centre as a high profile flagship for a conservation organization and for the conservation of wetlands and nature education in Thailand and in the Region.

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