Surviving Together

The Surviving Together program works closely with protected area managers, rangers, and surrounding communities to address the root causes of environmental degradation, and strengthen conservation protection. Surviving Together is designed to meet local needs, and invests in existing and emerging leaders in protected areas and communities to ensure better support of sustainable protection systems that can be refined, tailored and replicated.

Most Surviving Together activities in Thailand take place in the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai (DPKY) Forest Complex, a site of 6,155 square kilometers providing a viable area for the long-term survival of endangered species. Limited resources, capacity and monitoring systems are a few of the many challenges facing Thailand’s national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, and the rangers tasked with defending them.  Well-organized and dangerous poaching gangs exploit these gaps, and, as forests diminish and become increasingly degraded, local people become trapped in a cycle of over-exploitation and shrinking economic opportunities. This often drives conflict between local communities and wildlife.

Wildlife Monitoring

Utilizing surveying techniques, camera-traps and other tools to reveal critical information about key species and to ensure informed, focused wildlife protection.

Protected Area Monitoring Systems (SMART)

Training of protected area personnel in patrol data collection, analysis, and reporting, providing officials with up-to-date information for informed, adaptive park management.

Ranger Training

Providing critical park protection skills for enforcement rangers and developing capacity among patrol and training team leaders to expand training activities through Protectedarea Operational and Tactical Enforcement Conservation Training (PROTECT).

Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation

Linking communities and protected areas to find effective ways to minimize conflict between humans and wildlife to safeguard livelihoods and biodiversity.

Community Education and Outreach

Empowering youth and communities to make informed decisions on the sustainable management of their natural resources, and developing community-led solutions to conservation challenges. To ensure sustainability, local champions of conservation are sought, supported and mentored to develop their own conservation solutions.

Alternative Livelihoods

Freeland has provided poachers willing to reform with alternative livelihoods via vocational training and support of small-scale businesses. This is empowering vulnerable communities through sustainable, environment-friendly income-generation activities.

When I see the green of the forest and the white and black of the mushrooms, I feel proud. I now have more time with my family. My daughters and husband help with the business. I am happy we no longer destroy nature. Nuan Muangchan, former poacher on Surviving Together’s alternative livelihood program

Latest Surviving Together News

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​Joint Press Release on Cooperation to Combat Illegal Logging and Trade of Siamese Rosewood

As the issue of illegal logging and trafficking of Siamese rosewood reaches critical levels, Cambodia, China, Vietnam and Thailand have all jointly agreed today that counter measures be given the highest priority. The agreement was made at the 2nd Regional Dialogue on Preventing Illegal Logging and Trade of Siamese Rosewood in Bangkok, Thailand, held from 4th to the 5th of April, 2016.

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New Anti-poaching Rapid Response Unit Leads the Fight Against Siamese Rosewood Trafficking

Five poachers were arrested deep within the forests of Eastern Thailand with a haul of Siamese rosewood, chainsaws and weapons during a week-long operation by Hasadin, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation’s (DNP) new anti-poaching rapid response unit.

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Meet Tik, one of Freeland’s champions assisting conservation in the vulnerable Eastern Forest Complex of Thailand

Working closely with the Superintendent of Thap Lan National Park, Tik’s role is unique. She works under Freeland’s Surviving Together program to help park staff manage a comprehensive database of the rangers’ patrols through the park.

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Stakeholder Events Reveal the Perils and Recognize the Efforts of Enforcement Rangers

Enforcement rangers are the frontline defence for the world’s threatened wildlife and protected areas. They often work in extreme conditions with inadequate equipment and insufficient training.

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