Restoring Thailand’s mangroves: can it be done right?

The number of mangrove restoration projects in Thailand has significantly augmented since the beginning of the century due to an increase in awareness of the benefits of mangrove ecosystems for a multitude of purposes such as protection of coastal environments, barriers to coastal erosion, habitats for a very diverse range of wildlife and livelihoods for…

Community engagement in mangrove restoration: a balancing act

Twenty-two degrees Celsius. That is the difference in temperature between the day I left Thailand (42 ̊C) and the morning I arrived back to Australia (20 ̊C). After almost three months of research with the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) organization on my topic “Mangrove restoration in Southern Thailand: challenges, opportunities and best practices”, what have…

Linking communities with mangrove rehabilitation in Southern Thailand

It is no longer a secret, mangrove ecosystems are extremely valuable as they serve many purposes such as protection of coastal environments, barriers to coastal erosion, homes for a very diverse range of wildlife and livelihoods for traditional and indigenous communities. Despite the difficulty of quantification, it is also proven that mangrove forests act as…