SEEK Phuket stands for Society, Environment, Economy & Knowledge – A sustainable Phuket.
SEEK Phuket is a civil society organisation setup to work with the local community, the local Phuket government, the private sector and residents of Phuket to communicate and lobby to keep Phuket a leading sustainable destination for the future.
Our aim is to aid Phuket’s sustainability, coordinate and communicate on issues such as waste management, water management, energy security, social and economic development and education initiatives.
SEEK Phuket Mission
An active focused coalition dedicated to [block]0[/block] the promotion, support, and implementation of initiatives focused on developing sustainable awareness and actions in order for the Phuket community to flourish long term
- To enhance the lives of individuals
- To support the growth of local communities
- To rebuild the environment
- To help corporations perform in line with their values & passion
- To offer a support structure for Phuket Green Government
- To build relationships between the government, NGO and private sectors
- To connect cultures and people
SEEK Phuket Concept
SEEK Phuket will work as a platform / service to create links between the government, private sector and NGO’s to develop sharing and collaboration environment, enhancing communication, developing relationships and offering support to projects enabling the community to flourish.
To develop SEEK as a tool for the greater Phuket community to utilize and impact the island, sharing environmental issues and indicatives through a targeted website, brochure, accreditation and membership program offering advice and support to the local community.
SEEK Compass Sustainability
Education that empowers you to take action.
Our actions influence the world around us so in order to truly create a sustainable environment we need to examine the systems that our world is made up of.
We have adopted a powerful and practical tool called “The Compass of Sustainability” created by the Atkisson group and our thanks to them for allowing SEEK to work with Phuket using this model that is used in schools.
North / Nature: The natural systems that life depends
East / Economy: The economic systems that provide goods, services, and meaningful work
South / Society: The social and cultural systems that provide cohesion, identity, security, and freedom
West / Wellbeing: Health, happiness, and quality of life for individual people and their families.
About SEEK: What We Do
We are a coalition of [block]1[/block] Citizens working together to help find synergies and solutions to the problems faced by Phuket as it grows as a tourist destination and sustainable community. A non profit
We identify and promote existing projects, celebrate positive work and support and award them, develop new initiatives and projects to share with the greater Phuket community.
Phuket is a destination we feel passionate about for sustainable living. We aim to eventually offer SEEK Phuket programs throughout Asia and can integrate our networking to any existing environment wanting to make a difference.
Everyone experiencing SEEK is there for a purpose, they are in touch with the environment, they integrate communities, they participate in community projects, they reflect on their own experiences, they feel passionate about their commitment to make a difference to the lives of others and their own.
Eco Directory: An extensive list / data base of relevant business and services related to the environment and Phuket
Web Site: This website is highly interactive that should be visited frequently to find out about what is going on in Phuket with the environment.
Links to projects, services, advertising by eco businesses, weather reports, environmental news from Phuket and around the planet.
Media campaigns: A dedicated “Litter Bug” campaign to keep Phuket clean and green with the TAT as principal sponsor. High level media including billboards, TV ads, radio slots, road show etc. Eventually a movie about Phukets’ environment
Accreditation: SEEK Phuket Standards and membership. Visit all local business and offer them SEEK Phuket, sing them up so we can help them improve their impact on the environment. Offering simple standard to comply by and logo to use for branding
Children’s Books: Princess Sausage, Tommy the Turtle and more to come, a great way to tell the story of our natural wildlife and the impact of the tourism on their lives
Education seminars: Targeted training for different groups on SEEK Modules to help further awareness and education. All projects to have modulated standards to maintain quality and strictly adhered to.
Forum & Expo: Yearly high profile event comprising of Government, NGO and Private sectors. Learning and sharing of information, meetings to agree on Phukets future, workshops, EXPO of relevant goods and businesses.
Our Working Style
We work and meet at various locations that reflect a strong educational and sustainability experience or initiatives.
We work with Government, Non Government Organizations, Private Sector, School groups, Communities Corporations and any other group striving to build the relationship between themselves, nature, communities and the environment.
We are positive and flexible in our dealings with all of our partners and persons, working from a solid foundation of ethics and morals for the community of Phuket and the better of the global community, A transparent organization offering support in a timely and ethical manner
What we want to Create
We want to create an easy access sharing platform / service for local, regional and international participants where the information and projects impact globally. A simple resource for people to refer to when they have a question about the future or environment of Phuket, or that want to share experiences and potentially help us on our mission.
What we stand for
We represent the planet and the people that live on it. SEEK Phuket is here to support good action and try to promote this to others while helping more challenging situations. Developing a SEEK Phuket membership base and solid stakeholders to share our vision and help save Phuket is essential to be able to serve the island in the best way we can long term.
SEEK Phuket Projects
Specific, targeted, measurable
– Written and implementing a Sustainability plan for The Andaman Coastal Region 2011 to 2025 in conjunction with business sector, local Government and Phukets community.
– SEEK is working to eliminate free plastic bags around the island in the first step of an island wide waste management strategy change towards ZERO WASTE
– Introduce curb side recycling in a systematic manner throughout Phuket
– Increased support of broad clean-up activities with west coast Green Clubs supported by businesses, hotels, local Govt and NGOs. see Kamala green club, Naithon green club and Bangtao green, Kata green club, Kata Noi green club, Green Nai Yang group on facebook.
– Introduced Magic Eyes “Litter Bug” campaign with green clubs and local communities
– Provide waste education and incentives for all fishing boat crews, and recycling facilities at all harbors
– Promote Coral Rejuvenation project and mangrove rehab
– Work with the tour companies, hotels and tourism sector to increase awareness and improve their impact on the environment
- Monthly SEEK Phuket Coalition Meeting: Updates on what we have been doing as a group and plan our next month accordingly, share experiences in an open forum where every idea is a good idea.
- Bi Monthly Project Meeting: Alignment and coordination of initiatives, people from SEEK coalition bring in contact and project to present
SEEK Phuket Programs
SEEK Phuket is also designed for offering experiences to companies, schools or government agencies who want to embrace Social Responsibility principles, we can guide them to help our projects.
By going out there and experiencing nature and the environment, and interacting with local communities, team members will walk away with a greater understanding of their impact on the environment and the values that bind communities and make the connection with their personal culture and goals.
SEEK Phuket Wellness is designed to awaken the spirit and help you find your own balance unique to you. It is a combination of physical, mental, and emotional connectedness and has a very strong energy focus. Participants walk away feeling invigorated, connected, stronger within and clarity of what they need to do to maintain a healthy and well state of mind body and spirit through engaging in active community based work and tasks.
SEEK Inaugural Andaman Coastal Forum: Building an island sustainability plan
“Sea, Sand & Sustainability / Seeking a Sustainable Phuket”
Thailand has a coastline of almost 3,000 km (one third along the Andaman Sea Coast and two-thirds along the Gulf of Thailand Coast) and an EEZ of around 360,000 km2. Throughout the entire coastline, in-shore shallow water fisheries provide important food security and income for local small-scale fishers. Marine capture fisheries within the EEZ and coastal aquac ulture together generate around $3 billion income/year.
Mangrove cover declined from 2 million rai in the mid-70s to 1 million rai in the mid- 90s, but has since recovered to 1.5 million rai. Phang-nga, Krabi, trang and Satun account for almost two-thirds of remaining mangroves, while Chantaburi and Trat have the most remaining mangroves on the Gulf side. Coral reefs and sea grass beds on the Andaman coast are generally more abundant and in better condition than on the Gulf coast. There are a total of 23 coastal/marine protected areas in Thailand, but together they represent only a very small proportion of Thailand’s seas and coasts, while mangrove forests and inter-tidal mud-flats are vastly underrepresented in Thailand’s protected areas system. Large parts of the coast are de-facto managed by local communities.
While their rights and responsibilities in this regard are enshrined in the Constitution, there is no law passed to recognize, permit and control community-based management of mud-flats, coral reefs and sea-grass beds, etc. In large islands including Phuket, Samui and Chang, tourism is a major driver of the economy. For the last 40 years, the coastal zone has been the scene of severe conflicts between small scale fishermen and large commercial fishing businesses; and between local communities and investors in commercial prawn farms, tourism, and other development projects.
In many ways the tragedy of the 26 December 2004 Tsunami spurred a renewed interest in Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) and rehabilitation of coastal ecosystems from sustainable livelihoods and disaster risk reduction. More recent (and still growing) concerns about the effects of climate change in the coastal zone, are helping to maintain that momentum.
The Thailand Coastal Forum was an opportunity to share and exchange experiences and lessons learned from a variety of recent initiatives, programmes and activities in the coastal zone – both in community-based resource management; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture (including certification) marine protected areas; marine tourism; climate change adaptation and disaster risk management. It will identify workable solutions to pressing problems in the coastal zone; help to identify gaps that need to be filled; and prioritize issues for capacity-building, institutional development and legal/policy reform. A policy and action based document will be released with local Government in 2013 with support of IUCN, Atkisson Group, WWF The Thai Environment Institute (TEI) plus a wide range of NGOs, private companies and interested individuals.