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.