Our Environmental Conservation initiatives emphasize raising awareness of climate change and human impact on local natural resources. In partnering with local conservation efforts, Laguna Phuket supports various initiatives that ensure sustainable rehabilitation of marine and shoreline resources around Phuket Island and nearby provinces.
EarthCheck is the environmental certification program that Laguna Phuket is registered as a precincts with the key objective to monitor our environmental practices to achieve sustainability outcomes in our business operations by providing a framework for environmental and social sustainability.
Laguna Phuket has received EarthCheck’s Bronze Status in September 2014 and was awarded Silver certification as Asia’s first Precincts in April 2015.
Sea Turtle Conservation
Laguna Phuket has supported sea turtle conservation programs in Phuket since 1994. Our efforts focus on raising funds and awareness in support of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) and 3rd Area Naval Command, Royal Thai Navy, whose ongoing conservation and rehabilitation programs include studies of nesting behavior and tracking and analysis of turtle migration via microchips and satellite tracking devices attached to released turtles.
Local conservation programs predominantly include Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas), Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea), Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) and Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricate). Another species found in this region is the Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea).
To-date, 2,145 turtles have been released and raised over 7.7 Million Baht (USD$ 250,000), all proceeds go to sea turtle conservation program of PMBC in partnership with 3rd Area Naval Command, Royal Thai Navy. Funds have been used to supply food for turtle nurseries, purchase satellite tracking devices, microchip and Inconel tag for juvenile turtles, and renovate disabled turtle shelter roof structure and nursery pounds. Over 4,500 people have been able to learn the conservancy of sea turtles through their participation and many hands-on edutainment activities with Laguna Phuket and PMBC.
Mangrove Tree Planting
The mangrove tree planning project is part of Laguna Phuket’s “Helping to Support a Green Community” initiative. Since 2007, Laguna Phuket has worked with Phuket Mangrove Station 23 and to-date has planted more than 32,500 mangrove saplings.
In 2019, we have planted 2,500 mangrove saplings. This activity is a part of Banyan Tree 25th anniversary celebration that aims to plant 25,000 tree worldwide to raise awareness and combat climate change.. To-date, over 1,400 associates have participated with mangrove tree planting project and 600 community members have joined us since 2007.