Blue Carbon Society teams up with UNDP on mangrove ‘masterplan’

14 August 2019, Bangkok – Blue Carbon Society (BCS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a masterplan to protect and restore mangroves in the western Thai province of Phetchaburi.

Phetchaburi is home to one of the world’s most biodiverse marine environments. But urbanization and coastal activities such as salt farming have had mixed impacts on coastal ecosystems. Only 17% of the province’s mangroves remain untouched.

The 3-year initiative is intended to complement the development plan of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMRC) under Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The masterplan project aims to create a world-class ‘Urban Mangrove Forest Showcase’ at East Bang Taboon. This showcase will turn 400,000 sqm of mangrove forest into an inspiring model of ecotourism and sustainable development. Reclamation here will also tackle river-borne plastic waste, which is known to harm marine animals such as Bryde’s whales.

The project includes a further ‘pilot’ reclamation at Pak Thale to rehabilitate salt farm areas.

The agreements to create the masterplan were signed for Blue Carbon Society by Dr. Jwanwat and Mrs. Thippaporn Ahriyavraromp, its President and Vice-President, and by Dr. Wit Soontaranun, Director and Treasurer.

UNDP was represented by Ms. Lovita Ramguttee, Resident Representative a.i. and Mr. Saengroj Srisawaskraisorn, Team Leader of UNDP Inclusive Green Growth and Sustainable Development Unit.

DMRC Deputy Director General Dr. Pinsak Suraswadi also attended the signing ceremony at UN Conference Centre (UNCC) along with Ms. Napaporn Yuberk, Programme Analyst, UNDP Thailand.

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