Foundation for Culture and Environment Southeast Asia (FCESA) was registered as a foundation under Thai law on January 14, 2010 by the Chiang Mai Foundation regulator. FCESA aims to promote the collaboration of cultural and environment protection in Southeast Asia by providing trainings for people of the Mekong region and the other Southeast Asian countries to be empowered and competent to work as a network for the advancement of society and the environment, with no political affiliation.
Each year from 2010 FCESA conducted two 6 month long trainings for participants from Mekong countries to learn how to protect their natural resources. There were two trainings per year: the first training ran from March to September and the second one ran from June to December. Participants were recruited by an application and interview process.
1.Capacity building and training program
We have two capacity building programs:
1. The first program starts from March to September
2.The second program starts from June to December
Each training program entails three sessions:
1. The first session includes subjects such as cross cultural communication, international environmental law, and international financial institutions. We invite experienced speakers from Thailand. During this session we also have field trips in Thailand for example to Salween river, Mae Kam Pong village, Northeastern Thailand, and local community forests. The goal of the field trips is for participants to learn and share their experiences with communities and to build networks.
2.During the second session, the participants have the opportunity to go back to their respective countries to conduct research projects based on their own interests. The research topics are relevant to environmental and cultural issues. FCESA staff will also go to the fields sites to serve as consultants if needed. The purpose of this session is for participants to bring the knowledge and experiences they have learnt from the classes and field trips in Thailand to compare and analyze the situation in their home countries from social, cultural, and ecological perspectives.
The last session provides the opportunity for participants to share the experiences and information they have got from their research projects with wider audiences. The research methodologies chosen by each participant are different depending on their country’s context, so the participant have the chance to learn from one other. After completing the three sessions of the program, the participants are awarded certificates from FCESA.
2. Regional Networking Program
FCESA supports the building and strengthening of a network of graduates from our training programs so that they may share experiences, exchange lesson learnt, work together, and connect with other networks focused on environmental and cultural conservation in the Mekong region. International volunteers is needed to help facilitate cross border exchanges and to provide opportunities for multi cultural exchange activities.
FCESA welcomes volunteers from abroad to support the training programs by helping trainees to improve English communication skills and report writing during the sessions.
Thai volunteers can also support the training program by taking care of participants from foreign countries
3.Mekong Basin Environmental Law Training Program
Mekong Basin Environmental Law Training Program Has started the project in 2015 as a short-term project of the foundation to train for anyone interested in international environmental law. To enable participants to be able to use it as a valuable environmental protection tool in the Mekong region.
The form of training is short-term training in the Thai area at the foundation’s office or other locations, both in the country and abroad. That the Foundation sees fit and training outside the area such as going to the area for study visits Exchange legal knowledge Both in the area of Thailand and in the Mekong region Which will be in the form of networking for a future collaboration in accordance with the ASEAN Country Policy (Project 2), it can be held from September to November, subject to each year of contact and coordination.
The volunteers will be from young lawyers from the Mekong countries namely China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, and the general student population who are interested in the exchange.
To develop potential in knowledge of environmental laws for the benefit of being applied in their work for the society as a whole.
4 .Communication project and supporting Thai community activities
It is a project that started and operated in 2018. The goal of the project is to support community activities in Thailand in activities such as National Father’s Day activities. Mother’s Day activities Children’s Day activities And environmental and cultural activities held by each community by the Foundation can participate in organizing With government agencies And community organizations Both in the case of receiving an invitation letter and in the event that the Foundation wishes to participate in the event
The communication and support project for Thai community activities, the Foundation has the hope that it will be able to help develop and participate in all activities of the Thai community in various fields in order to strengthen the community. And support the community There are activities that help preserve and preserve Thai culture and Thai life. And encouraging the community to continue to participate in the management and protection of natural resources and the environment such as forests, water, soil for the overall benefit of the community and Thailand
To communicate and support community activities, the Foundation has planned the project throughout the year, 12 months to be able to set a budget. And supporting the activities in each month. Of each community That the Foundation sees that he can participate and support or have been contacted by the community and government agencies.