Bangkok (NNT/VNA) - Thailand is preparing to create a database on biodiversity for effective natural resources management and income generation. 

The Thai Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning held a recent meeting on the preservation of the country's biodiversity and development of local and national income, in accordance with the country's environmental reform agenda. 

Deputy Permanent Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Somchai Masathian revealed that Thailand ranks eighth in the world for biodiversity, with up to 4,700 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish that account for around 3 percent of the planet’s animal population. 

Thailand's mountains, forests, and coastal areas have long been an integral part of the Thai way of life and economy. The current environmental reform agenda focuses on proper management, research, and development for more effective utilisation of natural resources to generate income for the country and local communities. 

The country is, therefore, preparing to create a biodiversity database that can be shared with other agencies for research and development as well as conservation efforts.-VNA