The Royal Thai Navy, along with various partners, has celebrated Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s birthday by releasing 69 units of artificial coral reefs on the seabed of Koh Samae San in Sattahip district, Chon Buri province. The occasion was graced by the presence of Gen Surayud Chulanont, President of the Privy Council and Chairman of the Khao Yai Protection Foundation.
These artificial reefs have a special significance as they are part of a plant genetics conservation project that the Princess initiated back in 1998. The main aim of the project is to turn the island into a hub of learning and eco-tourism. In this regard, Gen Surayud highlighted the importance of natural resource conservation and applauded the collaborative efforts of both the public and private sectors involved in the project. He also offered his gratitude to the participants, ranging from navy officers to local communities, for their help in laying the artificial reefs. Additionally, he encouraged them to continue their protection of the marine ecological system by refraining from littering and discarding broken fishing gear into the sea, reports The Pattaya News.
The introduction of new artificial coral reefs is expected to augment the fish habitat in the region, as well as support the Marine Spatial Planning project which focuses on building a comprehensive coral reef database for the country. This undertaking has already proven to be fruitful for the local fishing community, as their incomes have surged due to a substantial increase in tourism.
During the high season, the community earns more than 150 million baht per year, with more than 60,000 tourists visiting the island on a monthly basis. This achievement in eco-tourism not only helps to preserve the beauty and biodiversity of the island but also provides stable and sustainable livelihoods for the people residing in the area.
It is truly heartwarming to witness such a beneficial venture being carried out in honour of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s birthday. The positive impact of this project on the environment and the local community truly reflects the princess’s vision and commitment to conservation and sustainable development in the region.
In today’s world, distressing news about climate change and environmental degradation is often heard. Such initiatives to restore and conserve marine ecosystems serve as a beacon of hope for a brighter and more sustainable future. The success of this project is proof that with dedication, cooperation, and the support of the government and other stakeholders, significant strides can be made in safeguarding the world’s precious natural resources for generations to come.
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