Applied Environmental Research


Niwat Sarakhan

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The objectives of this study were to identifyfactorsandenvironmental education models affecting community participation in sustainable mangrove forest managementas well as to develop and evaluate participationin an environmental education model for sustainable mangrove forest management in the eastern part of Thailand. This study employed mixed methods and was divided into 3 steps. First, a quantitative method was used to identify facts and factors affecting local participation in solving mangrove deforestation problems. A multiple-step sampling method was used to selectsamples of households in the province of Chanthaburi. The second step employed a qualitative method using an environmental education model design. The aim of this step was to analyse an environmental education model for mangrove forest management in successful institutes and discover important compositions of environmental education. In the last step, the environmental education model arranged activities according to the process andwas evaluated using a quantitative method for validation, efficiency, and appropriateness.The findings revealed that: 1) knowledge, understanding and experience in mangrove forest management were the most important factors affecting participation; 2) the most appropriate environmental education model for mangrove forest management in the eastern part of Thailand contained procedures and compositions as objectives of an environmental education model, content regarding mangrove forest management, workshop and evaluation procedures; 3) assessmentof the environmental skills for sustainable mangrove forest management. It was found post workshop that the experimental group possessed environmental skills statistically different at 0.05 significance level.

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