Deputy Permanent Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Surapol Pattani said Thailand was the 110th signatory of the Ramsar Convention. By signing the convention, Thailand pledged to protect wetlands by supporting wise utilization of the areas that had been playing an important role in preventing floods and drought.
Thailand will arrange a meeting on wetlands to make the public realize the importance of the areas and utilize them in a sustainable manner. The meeting participants will learn about water resource management and their suggestions will be used in creating guidelines for wetland and water preservation. The meeting is scheduled on 4 February 2013 in Bangkok.