ATI Funded Grant Projects
Science, Technology and Innovation
IPM Technologies, Integrated Pest Management in Northern Thailand
ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $19,250
In conjunction with Bhuping Palace and the Muang Ngai Agriculture Project (Royal Project Foundation of Thailand), IPM Technologies taught and demonstrated integrated pest management to farmers and agricultural technologists in northern Thailand. The aim was to reduce reliance on pesticides and improve environmentally sustainable farming practises. Farmers became aware of the benefits of growing their crops in a more environmentally sustainable manner, which improves worker health and safety, reduces pesticide residues on produce and improves pest control. The success of integrated pest management on a demonstration rose crop was a particular highlight. Prior to this project pests in this crop were unable to be controlled due to pesticide resistance.
Ongoing collaboration is planned as the Royal Project Foundation is determined to establish IPM education centres at both Bhuping Palace and Muang Ngai Agriculture Station. Both institutes have selected sites for building the centres and allocated land for demonstration trials. This fantastic outcome is beyond the original expectations of the project, demonstrating the success and benefits of this program.
Participants in the IPM Project, Northern Thailand [photo courtesy of Peter Cole, IPM Technologies]
Asialink, Building the Australia-Thailand Partnership in Community Mental Health
ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $20,790
ATI funding supported the participation of senior Australian mental health specialists to travel to Thailand to deliver jointly developed training programs and workshops. This included four senior representatives from Australia travelling to Thailand to facilitate key sessions in the Annual National International Mental Health Conference.
Funding also supported Thailand's participation in Stage 2 of the Asia Pacific Community Mental Health Development Project (APCMHD), with two senior Thai representatives attending a two day APCMHD workshop.
University of Technology Sydney/Central Institute of Forensic Science Thailand, Specialist Forensic Science Training in Thailand: A Capacity Building Activity
ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $19,470
This project will deliver a training package to the Central Institute of Forensic Science Thailand and bring Thai representatives to Australia to tour Australian forensic science facilities. It will develop meaningful and long-term contacts between a world-leading Australian forensic science training and research institution and a Thai forensic science agency and encourage the bilateral exchange of information and knowledge. This project is due for completion in October 2011 with a full completion report to be submitted to the ATI by the end of November 2011.
James Cook University, MangroveWatch Thailand
ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $16,692.50
Dr Norman Duke conducted a 3 day workshop in Krabi Thailand to exchange ideas regarding the future direction of regional-scale mangrove monitoring and assessment in Thailand. A major outcome of the workshop will be the establishment of a Thai Mangrove Hub, similar to that being established at James Cook University. The hubs in Thailand and Australia will enable communication between scientists, NGO's, government agencies and local communities to ensure the conservation and sutainable management of vitally important mangrove ecosystems. They also aim to develop a standardised, long term mangrove monitoring and assessment strategy that will link and enhance current mangrove restoration and rehabilitation efforts, enhance local community engagement and increase local understanding of mangrove ecosystems.
Learning from Dr Norm Duke about measuring mangrove forest carbon [photo courtesy of Dr Norm Duke, James Cook University].