Wetland Buffalo in Phatthalung becomes Thailand’s first Global Important Agricultural Heritage System

Phatthalung, Southern–

The Thale Noi Wetland Buffalo in Phatthalung in southern Thailand has become Thailand’s first Global Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS).

Deputy government spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek told Thai media, “The Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has congratulated Thailand after the Thale Noi Buffalo Wetland Pastoral Agro-Eco-System in Phatthalung has become Thailand’s first Global Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN).”

“The area has a high level of biological diversity which shows human communities living in a complex but mutual relationship with their landscape. Phatthalung has a tradition of raising water buffaloes for more than 250 years,” Ratchada explained.

“As this becomes a world heritage thus will support locals and boost the local economy as well as tourism. At the same time this is to preserve ecological systems,” Ratchada noted.


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.