Sunday, July 18, 2010

Khao Sam Roi Yot Tree Planting

Khao Sam Roi Yot is a marine national park in Sam Roi Yot district, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Thailand. It covers 98.08 km², of which 20.88 km² are marine areas. The park was established in 1966, and was the first coastal national park of Thailand.
The name Khao Sam Roi Yot means “mountains with 300 peaks”; describing the landscape of the park quite well. The limestone hills rise directly at the shore of the Gulf of Thailand, with the highest elevation Khao Krachom 605m above sea level. Between the hills are freshwater marshes.
 However several of these marshes have been converted into shrimp farms, with only 36 km² of the total 69 km² still part of the national park. In fact, 18 km² of these marshes have been declared a Ramsar site. The Ramsar Convention (The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat) is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilisation of wetlands.
The reason for are visit, to plant mangroves in a re-developed Ramsar site. On Sunday, July 11 about 1,000 volunteers from various businesses in and around Bangkok, including Siam Hotels & Resorts, came together to plant 40,000 new mangrove trees in the marsh. A fun day was had by all with sustainable ecological development the big winner!

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