The Company deeply considers the importance of the quality standard of coastal water and the benefits provided by mangrove forests, for example, as a food source for a diverse species of animals; as breeding and nursing grounds for aquatic animals; and as food and income sources for humans. Furthermore, mangrove forests 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 combined 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 in areas that are near the Company’s operations, in 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, the success of our mangrove conservation and restoration efforts was further developed into the promotion of ecotourism and community tourism in two 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 two communities in order to be responsible for the management of the fund which is revolving funded for developing the community’s products and services, generating income leading to their good quality of life. Furthermore, the fund can be spent for conservation and restoration of the mangrove sustainably.