Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources is preparing to declare mangrove forests in Khlong Khon Subdistrict of Samut Songkhram Province a mangrove forest conservation area this year.
The plan came after reports of local administrative organizations and residents in nearby Samut Sakhon Province banded together to protect the mangrove forests in order to save the coastal areas and their livelihoods.
A villager in Khok Kham Subdistrict said the people are hopeful the government’s forest conservation campaign and their concerted efforts will restore the ecosystem and stop coastal erosion.
Mangrove forests in Khlong Khon Subdistrict cover an area of 1,058 acres. The Office of Marine and Coastal Resources Area 3 will meet with relevant bodies to work on a conservation plan that fosters the expansion of forest areas and benefits the villagers.
The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources expects to declare the coastal forests of Khlong Khon Subdistrict a mangrove forest conservation area by late this year.