Location: Thailand

Sectors: Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture; Sustainable energy: access, efficiency and renewables; Green industry, material efficiency and waste minimization; Sustainable Cities and Built Environment; Freshwater Resource Management and Sanitation; Blue Economy/ Sustainable Management of Oceans; Natural Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change Adaptation; Biodiversity, Forests and other Ecosystems;

By: Thailand

Type: National

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand

Year: 2002

Sufficient Economy Philosophy

The Sufficiency Economy Philosophy is an innovative approach to development designed for practical application over a wide range of problems and situations.

The Sufficiency Economy Philosophy was incorporated into the Ninth National Economic and Social Development Plan (2002-2006) as well as the Tenth Plan covering the period from 2007 to 2011. It is also part of the fundamental administration policy of the state, as stipulated in Section 83 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand of 2007, that ?The State shall encourage and support implementation of the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy?.

At the individual and family level, it means living a simple life, living within one?s means, and refraining from taking advantage of other people.

At the community level it involves joining together to participate in decision-making, developing mutually-beneficial knowledge, and appropriately applying technology. It favours the "natural principle" wherein one employs natural resources readily available in each locality.

At the national level, it postulates a holistic approach with an emphasis upon appropriateness, competitive advantage, low risk, and avoiding over-investment. It involves keeping abreast with what is happening elsewhere in the world, hedging investments, and reducing imports and over dependence on other countries.
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