Population and Community Development Association
A rural development project for conservation was initiated by PDA and the Wildlife Fund Thailand (WFT) in three parks near one of Thailand's endangered national parks. Currently the project has been expanded to include a total of six villages. It aims to preserve wildlife and forests offering people economic incentives and improvements in their quality of life.
Begun in 1985, the project established environmental protection societies, which give low-interest loans to villagers if they promise to conserve trees and wildlife, and also training in agriculture, health, forestry and conservation. The activities of most villagers have thus been deflected from illegal logging and hunting towards the protection of their environment.