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CBEMR A Successful Method of
Mangrove Restoration

Study trip on Community based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR)

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Study trip on Community based  Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR)

From the 16-18th of November, Ms. Jaruwan Kaewmahanin, Mr. Donnapat Tamornsuwan and Mr. Sompoch Nimsanticharoen coordinated a workshop on the Community based Ecological Mangrove Restoration method.IMG_2161_2 The 35 participants attending this workshop were mainly a group of community members under the support of Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC) and Global Nature Fund (GNF) spported projects.
The group had the opportunity to visit Baan Thalay Nok, the Andaman Coastal Research Center and Baan Tub Nua.IMG_2205

To have a clear understanding of the goals and prospective outcomes of the CBEMR method, the training workshop has proven itself to be very useful; not only to discuss about mangrove restoration, but also to share previous experiences between facilitators and participants on mangrove restoration.

If you want to hear more about this study tour, please click on the link to watch a short video produced by one of the facilitators:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lajdTG-_K9s&spfreload=10  (in thai language)
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CMEMR work on new site begins: Nai Nang, Krabi Province, Thailand

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During the week of (June, 9th to 14th) CBEMR field work began at a new site in in Nai Nang Village, Krabi province, Thailand, in order to restore the hydrology of two disused shrimp ponds. The objective of restoring the hydrology is to imitate nature which will allow mangrove seeds to enter with the tide and for the water to fully drain, down just like the mangrove forest, at low tide. On arrival MAP’s two Global Nature Fund project staff, Khun Por and Khun Nick, met the conservation group members of the new site in order to introduce MAP and explain the needed CBEMR work to be undertaken in the abandoned shrimp ponds. They also talked to community members about improving livelihoods, like bee raising and honey production. The supplementary livelihood discussion linked to mangrove conservation is still on-going, but the bee keepers are very interested in learning about honey marketing, as well as improved bee raising techniques.. MAP staff also met the MMU (Mangrove Management Unit) chief and the DMCR (Department of Marine and Coastal Resources) chief to get their approval for the backhoe to dig at the site. The next step will be to clean the site of all the rubbish and wait for the tide to adjust the bottom of the ponds. More digging will likely be necessary but this will probably only involve digging using hand tools.

The digging let the water going out

Backhoe deepening the pond connect to the river to allow good drainage.

The backhoe allow the seeds to come in the shrimp pond

Backhoe installing culverts to restore normal hydrology.

Test for the honey

Bee hives constructed in rubber plantation for honey production.

Livelihoods

Local school activity: a student is preparing the soil to plant a seed

Meeting with the MMU and the DMCR chiefs

MAP staff, Khun Nick, meeting with the MMU and the DMCR Regional Office #2 chief

 

 

Positive cracks in the view of (CBEMR) approach

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Some signs of encouraging progress and program success are now more evident, emerging from the challenging work of the MAP Asia office in Thailand. There seems to be some positive cracks in some corners of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) towards favorable viewing of the Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) approach. MAP has been promoting CBEMR as a best foot forward when attempting mangrove restoration. Progress has been hampered, however, by several factors, and chief among these is the complex land tenure issues making it extremely
difficult to secure available sites to implement restoration.

See the Full Report HERE

Happy World Environment Day

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To celebrate World Environment Day, MAP organized an art contest in Kao Mai Kaew Sub-district . 26 students from 6 schools from Sikao district, Trang province, worked for two hours to draw the mangrove. The ceremony was officially opened by the principal of Ban Sai Kuan School. This environmental education activity was supported by funding from the Global Nature Fund, Germany. We also thank the Kao Mai Kaew TAO (=Tambon/Sub-district Administration Office) for its collaboration.

 

Local knowledge and participation key

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At BKK, one of the villagers shared the necessity of CBEMR with a visitor from National University of Singapore (NUS) that nature normally restores itself, thus human intervention may not be essential if a mangrove forest degraded naturally. However, when mangrove forests have been impacted by human, either in a form of shrimp farming or oil palm plantation, it is necessary to implement CBEMR at those sites to help the nature recovering. For this reason, the villager (Bung Ting) has been participating with MAP’s activities since the beginning of the project in BKK, and understands the concept of CBEMR well.

Too much rain for our nursery in LMK

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After an unusual long period of dry season which stressed seedlings at our CBEMR sites as well as the nurseries, it rains again in Trang Province. Although this is a good news for mangrove, a storm also caused some damages to the nursery in Laem Makham (LMK) Village, one of our CBEMR sites. Therefore, the nursery needs to be fixed, and materials have already been purchased. Also, more seeds will be planted for LMK nursery to replace those did not survive the drought in the last few months.