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National Celebrations

Dates and VenueEvent
25 - 26 February 2010
Chaweng Noi, Koh Samui
Reearth Festival
Organized by:
9 - 10 July 2010
Bangkok and Chonburi province
Celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity in Thailand
16 - 30 November 2010
Science Film Festival
The Government of Thailand has announced that 2010 will be Thailand's Year of Biodiversity.

The Thai Cabinet, during its meeting on 22 December 2009, approved the announcement proposed by the National Committee on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity and recommended by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. It also endorsed the Action Plan for IYB and instructed all relevant government offices to allocate funds for its organizations to operate in accordance with the action plan. The objective is to urge all groups of people and professions to be aware of biodiversity and cooperate in conserving and using biodiversity in a sustainable way.
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  International Trailer of the Science Film Festival 2010
The Science Film Festival is an official partner of the UN International Year of Biodiversity 2010 and takes place from November 16 - 30 in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.
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  Science Film Festival
More information about this festival can be found by visiting the following site: Goethe-Institut Bangkok
Download: Catalogue - Poster - Notebook - Postcard

  Reearth Festival 2010
Watch it on Youtube


Science Film Festival

The Science Film Festival is an annual ASEAN initiative bringing together entertainment, education and facilitating cultural exchange. The festival is the largest event of its kind in the world and takes place from November 16 - 30, 2010 in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. The theme this year is biodiversity in partnership with the UN International Year of Biodiversity. The festival acts as a multi-disciplinary platform uniting the Goethe-Institut, the French Embassy, UNESCO and the respective ministries of education and science in the participating countries in an ongoing effort to encourage science education particularly through audiovisual media in the region, with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity as special partner in 2010, merging several related activities intended to raise widespread awareness amongst young people in Southeast Asia about the issue.

Download: Catalogue - Poster - Notebook - Postcard

Wild Elephant Lover Club

Wild Elephant Lover Club was established by a small group of researchers who work on wild elephants and other large herbivores in Thailand and people who understand the important roles and functions of wildlife in the ecosystem of tropical forests. In addition, the elephants have been important in the Thai society for more than 700 years; in culture, religion, politics, beliefs, arts, spirit, and economy; especially the status of war animals, beast of burden, and timber elephants in the past to attractive animal in tourism at the present time. Even once in 1593, the independence of the country was made by the “fighting on the elephant back” by the Kings in the past. Therefore, elephant conservation is responsibility of the all Thai people to get strongly involve in order to prevent them from extinction. The club was established to conduct wild elephant preservation activities and to be the centre of everybody who love and wish to help the wild elephants. The established day was on 13 March 2008, because this day in 1963, the committee of the Royal Forest Department agreed to select white elephant as the national symbolic animal of the country. Since then, March 13 of every year is the 'Thai Elephant Day'.