730x150 set262.jpg

          Chumphon Province, EGAT, Social Development and Human Security Office, Chumphon College of Agriculture and Technology, and National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department collaboratively held the activity “Do good from the heart, plant mangrove trees for the king” for the third time. More mangrove trees were planted in the area of 5 rai, which led to the restoration of Mu Koh Chumphon National Park, exceeding the targeted 100 rai.

20181022E 01

          On October 18, 2018 Mr. Somphon Patchimpetch, Chumphon Deputy Governor, chaired the opening ceremony of the activity “Do good from the heart, plant mangrove trees for the king” that honors His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. The province worked with EGAT, Social Development and Human Security Office, Chumphon College of Agriculture and Technology, and National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department to plant more mangrove trees in an area of 5 rai with 400 volunteers. The project aims to restore Mu Koh Chumphon National Park. So far the expected target of 100 rai was exceeded.

          Mrs. Rudeemas Pangputtipong, Assistant Director of Sustainability Strategy Division, said that it was the third time the activity “Do good from the heart, plant mangrove trees for the king” was held. EGAT has launched a campaign and persuaded alliances to plant mangrove trees in Chumphon Province. For this time, more mangrove trees were planted covering an area of 5 rai, which means that the target of 100 rai was reached. Recently, in Chumphon Province, EGAT has grown the trees totaling 12,065 rai comprising of terrestrial forest 10,165 rai and mangrove forest 1,900 rai. For the target of planting mangrove trees for 100 rai, it is expected that CO2 could be reduced 275 tons per year. For 24 years that EGAT has implemented reforestation project, 466,000 rai has become green area. EGAT has followed the practice of planting one year and maintaining 2 years, while the reforestation area has been chosen by communities so that they feel they are the owner of the forest.

          The Assistant Director further stated that Chumphon Province used to be full of abundant mangrove forest, a habitat for young aquatic animals, which brought local people a lot of income. However, nowadays as the forest is invaded and becomes the prawn ponds, there is no abundance of forest left. The number of aquatic animals has decreased; while it needs time to let the nature restores itself. Mu Koh Chumphon National Park then expropriated the land from private companies totaling 2,700 rai and has been supported by EGAT to restore the land to be abundant mangrove forest, bringing back the balance of coastal and marine resources. By launching the reforestation project, EGAT has raised awareness on forest conservation among the public.

20181022E 02

20181022E 03

20181022E 04

20181022E 05

20181022E 06

20181022E 07