Thailand has continued to place emphasis on strengthening knowledge and participation of various sectors in the conservation of natural resources. By focusing on the benefits of the conservation, the interconnection between nature, livelihoods, and impacts from the destruction of natural resources, the society has gradually gained knowledge and understanding on the importance of nature conservation. Biodiversity is, however, a recently invented terminology and therefore not widely adopted for general use. The majority of the public has thus remained unable to fully comprehend the term and to recognize the interconnection between biodiversity and the conventional concept of natural resources conservation. To this end, every sector, particularly local communities whose livelihoods depend on biological resources bases, needs to acquire better knowledge and understanding of biodiversity, including its direct and indirect benefits, in order to become more aware and exert their roles in the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.
Target 1: By 2020, every sector, particularly the general publics and local communities, have an understanding and awareness on the importance of conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity