On November 29, 2023, Asst. Prof. Dr. Amonsak Sawusdee, the Director of the Center for Academic Services at Walailak University, in his capacity as the head of the Blue Swimming Crab Bank Project, along with Mr. Piya Saeaia, the President of the Blue Swimming Crab Bank for Sustainability in Ban Haadsomboon, and the accompanying team, participated in a lesson learned from the success of the SDG model community (Thailand Sustainable Development Forum.) The event was organized by the International Health Policy Program Foundation and took place at the Neera Retreat Hotel in Sam Phran District, Nakhon Pathom Province.
More importantly, the Blue Swimming Crab Bank Learning Center in Ban Haadsomboon, Tha Chana District, Surat Thani Province, is an exemplary area for the ‘Sustainable Blue Swimming Crab Bank in Ban Haadsomboon’ and has been selected as one of the ‘SDGs Learning Area, Generation 1’ from the 5 designated areas nationwide.
The objective is to serve as a mechanism for interdisciplinary knowledge creation and management between sectors, linking knowledge relevant to sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Thailand. This initiative has been ongoing since 2021. In 2023, the lessons learned from the SDGs model community emphasized local-level knowledge exchange (SDGs Localization) to collaboratively transfer knowledge to policy for Thailand’s sustainable development. This learning process provides an opportunity for the local area to share stories as part of a collaborative learning exchange, linking to the SDGs INSIGHT framework.
In addition, the participants conducted a field visit to the ‘Nakhon Pathom Village – Sam Phran Model,’ an exemplary area for sustainable development. This initiative is driven by the concept of a ‘Sustainable Food System’ to create food security and sustainability at the household and community levels, elevating the quality of life, the economy, society, and the environment.