Former US president Bill Clinton will visit a tsunami-hit Moken village on Phuket island tomorrow as part of his final tour of the tsunami-affected region as the UN secretary-general’s special envoy for tsunami recovery.
Mr Clinton will meet the sea gypsies at the Hin Look Dieu village, where the villagers are rebuilding their livelihoods and housing through a community-driven process.
According to the office of the UN secretary-general’s special envoy for tsunami recovery, the rapid recovery of the village was a result of the government’s efforts to tackle land rights issues for tsunami-affected communities.
Mr Clinton will also plant a mangrove tree in the village, on the north of the island, to officially launch the World Conservation Union’s Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Initiative.
MFF is a multi-country initiative that aims to strengthen coastal ecosystems and livelihoods in the Indian Ocean region.
It promotes long-term investment in coastal ecosystem conservation as development infrastructure. Mr Clinton is due to visit Aceh, Indonesia next.