Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls Visits Doi Tung’s Cottage Industries Center and Inspects the DAP-funded project on Landslide Disaster Protection
On 1st March 2017, Dr. Sharman Stone, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, visited Doi Tung Development Project in Chiang Rai to observe the development projects related to children and women during her visit to Thailand to attend the High-Level Panel Discussion on “Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development” (APFSD 2017) in Bangkok.
Dr. Stone was greeted by Khunying Puangroi Diskul na Ayudhya, Chief Executive Officer of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage, who escorted her around the Cottage Industries Center and Outlet, including its weaving and sewing, mulberry paper, ceramics production and coffee roasting facilities, all of which employ local hill tribe women, allowing them to have sustainable livelihood.
Dr. Stone also inspected Pa Kluay, an Akha hill tribe village, one of four villages in Doi Tung which are at high risk of landslides, to follow the progress of the Landslides Disaster Protection project which is funded by the Direct Aid Program (DAP) of the Australian government. The project is a collaboration between the Doi Tung Development Project, the Mae Fah Luang Tambon Administrative Office, the Geotechnical Engineering Research and Development Center and other local organizations, to protect the locals from landslide disasters.
The project comprises an inspection of 29 villages which are at risk in the area of Doi Tung, the installation of an automatic warning system based on a rain indicator in some high risk villages, CCTV stations at dangerous streams, as well as evacuation planning and drills. The project will end in May 2017.