Annual Reviews and Archive Summary – past projects, meetings attended… and more.
2020 Annual Review:
Past (and sometimes continuing) Projects with our involvement, (CBFCM/EcoThailand supported Projects on Koh Phangan)
Mangroves are decreasing on the Gulf Islands. Key to their protection is education of local people and visitors – the creation of a raised mangrove walkway for easy accessibility with minimal environmental impact, and educational signage, aids understanding of this ecosystem.
Artificial Sea Grass
This has been used selectively to increase breeding area within the local environment.
Over 150 perforated concrete blocks were cast and placed within a suitable coastal region to form an artificial reef so enhancing coastal biodiversity. Local schoolchildren decorated the blocks with aquatic art before placement. Ongoing monitoring of the reef will be in Partnership with Coresea or other partners.
Rearing of local turtle species and their release by local people and children helping to increase their numbers following many years of decline.
Release of reared fish stock is a common practice at local community events to boost fish numbers
Crab Bank (the original)
Local fishermen were provided with training and equipment to set up an on shore crab breeding bank to increase species numbers. After several years of operation the fishermen redesigned the system allowing ‘in sea’ deployment with ease of maintenance and operation. New crab banking systems are now in operation in the Thai Gulf.
Shops and Markets
On Koh Phangan and Samui meetings and discussion with local traders and businesses has resulted in major improvements on the usage of disposable plastic bags and styrofoam takeaway trays. On Phangan, market traders are increasing use of paper and cardboard takeaway boxes and plates and even returnable ceramic plates. Extension of these practices are being promoted and extended across the islands.
There is local collection of organic waste from major retailers on Phangan, including Makro, Big C, Lotus, 7 11 and Thong Sala Market, enabling the recycling of 1-2 tons of organic solid waste every day. See also our Composting page.
Local Education and Interactions
EcoThailand is active in promoting education, local interaction and participation involving schools, moo baan, businesses, government departments and individuals.
Interactions with Local Recycle Companies
Local recycle companies were identified and mapped … see our Recycle Sites page.
Community Emergency Group Support
EcoThailand, as part of their philanthropy and community action support the Phangan Emergency Accident Group and has included MicroGrant donations.
Supporting Island Cleanup Groups
The Gulf islands and mainland have very active beach and jungle cleanup groups, including Trash Hero on Phangan, Samaui, Tao and the mainland, and also avariety of Thai and ad hoc groups. We help and engage wherever possible.
Eco Construction and Sustainability Advice
Working with your architects, we can advise partners and interested parties on design and construction of eco, low environmental impact and sustainability construction projects – featured is our Baan Tai office utilising rainwater collection, thermal efficiency design, water management and low power design principles.