The Company recognizes the importance of the quality standard of coastal water and the benefits provided by mangrove forests. They serve as, for example, a food source for a diverse species of animals, breeding and nursing grounds for aquatic animals, and food and income sources for humans. Furthermore, mangrove forests also have the capacity to absorb and store pollutants that are emitted from agricultural, industrial and household activities.
The CPF Grow-Share-Protect Mangrove Forestation Project began in 2014 with the dedication and efforts of the Company, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, and the Biodiversity-Based Economy Development Office (Public Organization), along with various local organizations and communities. The project aimed to increase the mangrove forest areas and conserve mangrove forests in five strategic locations across the country, including areas that are near the Company’s operations, Samut Sakhon, Rayong, Chumphon, Phang Nga, and Songkhla provinces. A mangrove learning center was also established to share knowledge about mangrove ecosystems with the public.
In 2017, we furthered the success of our mangrove conservation and restoration efforts by promoting ecotourism and community tourism in two mangrove forest locations: the Paknam Prasae Community in Rayong province and the Bang Ya Praek Community in Samut Sakhon province. The communities were ultimately selected as tourism routes under the Amazing Thailand Unseal Local 2018 initiative, while the Paknam Prasae Community in Rayong province was also selected as a tourism route under the Local Life & Learn Project of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
In 2018, the Company handed the Mangrove Fund to the working groups of the two communities. The aim was to enable each community to manage it as a revolving fund for developing the community’s products and services, generating income leading to their good quality of life. Furthermore, the fund can be spent on conservation and restoration of the mangrove sustainably.
Detail of implementation of the project in 2020 is available in Sustainability Report 2020 page 122 – 124.
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