Mangrove Rehabilitation and Regeneration for Biodiversity
|Prapat Bay Estuary, Ranong||Thailand||Asia, Community, Mangrove||16 Nov 2009|
The project aims to build on the experiential education program developed during first year of the project involving the local community/estuarine ecosystem stakeholders in directly gathering knowledge and experience in surveying, identifying, propagating, planting, monitoring, and managing a mangrove ecosystem regeneration program located in Prapat Bay Estuary, Ranong Province, Thailand. The project envisage to bring awareness among the local community on mangrove regeneration through action based research. The project will work for improved participation of local community in environmental analyses, create a data base, and regenerate degraded mangrove habitat with the 20 local compatible species of mangroves, encouraging the return of other species that rely on the health of this ecosystem. The project envisages using the living laboratory built in first year of the project to disseminate knowledge on benefits of bio-diverse mangrove habitats and to train local community and other stakeholders to rehabilitate the mangrove.
The first year of the RSG project has built the living laboratory for community learning, which has been very effective in disseminating knowledge on the benefit of the Mangrove forest to all the stakeholders in the local community. The project has visible impacts on the local community practices as it has led to reduced use of timber and charcoal from mangrove. The project has also demonstrated the good practices of replanting more species of mangrove to increase mangrove biodiversity in the Prapat Bay estuary, Ranong Province, Thailand. The project provided an opportunity to the local community to learn how the mangrove ecosystem provides important ecological and socio-economic services to coastal dwellers and societies. For example, the community members are given knowledge on mangrove forest providing natural spawning and living ground for many species of fish and crustaceans. The marvelous root systems contribute to sediment deposition, mud flat formation and substrate stabilization, protect coastal erosion. The educational programs undertaken by the project have improved local knowledge to recover and regenerate the native mangrove ecosystem.
Moreover, the project plans to build a walk-way in the regeneration site during the second year. It is expected that the walk-way will make it easier for the visitors to tour the site and thus, will help to develop the site as a model community learning site for mangrove ecosystem services. This indigenous model will prove its worth through continued regeneration complimented by research.
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