Laguna Phuket Greening Community
Last Thursday marked the successful completion of the 15th Greening Community initiative, an inspiring event that saw 1,000 mangrove saplings take root in the Khlong Khian Community, Takuatung District, Phang Nga Province. Led by 150 dedicated associates and community members, this annual event reflects the commitment to combat climate change and foster sustainable communities.
The Power of Mangroves
Mangroves, often referred to as the “guardians of the coast,” play a crucial role in bridging the gap between land and sea. These unique coastal ecosystems, consisting of salt-tolerant trees and shrubs, thrive in tropical and subtropical regions. Their intricate root systems create a habitat that hosts a wide variety of plant and animal species. Additionally, mangroves act as a natural buffer, offering vital protection to coastal communities against the devastating impact of storms, tsunamis, and rising sea levels.
This Greening Community initiative aims to offset atmospheric carbon dioxide produced on a global scale. By focusing on mangrove plantations, the initiative demonstrates a dedication to long-term climate change mitigation. Not only do mangroves absorb significant amounts of carbon dioxide, but they also help preserve biodiversity and strengthen the resilience of coastal ecosystems.
Success & Growth
The success of the Greening Community initiative is evident in the rate of survival of the previous plantations. Following up on the 2018, 2019, and 2022 efforts, it was found that over 90% of the mangrove saplings had successfully established themselves. These thriving mangrove forests in Phuket and Phang-Nga have served as a testament to the positive impact of community-driven sustainability projects.
Since 2007, we have planted 34,500 trees in Phuket and Phang-Nga, with more than 2,300 participants involved.