LEGAL MEASURES TO CONSERVE MEALY CRAB FOR ECOTOURISM MANAGEMENT OF WAT-BOT DISTRICT
Tourism in Thailand might belong to management by each local community. Community base ecotourism development has a tool for biodiversity conservation, environment protection and sustainable community economics. A mealy crab (Thaipotamon phitsanulok) is symbolic of tourism in Wat-bot district. The crab is non-protected wildlife but it protected under the Wildlife Reservation and Protection Act, BE 2535 (1992). It also does not cover the protection and conservation of mealy crabs in all areas. Thus, mealy crab was threatened in the non-hunting areas. This study proposes that it must register to be a protected wildlife in other species of vertebrates. In addition, Thai government should improve the related laws and regulations, and also promote ecotourism that linked with forest conservation and wildlife protection. It is a portrait of the economy, prosperity of the community and local pride.
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