Wetlands International-Thailand Office, in collaboration with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Surat Thani provincial Fisheries office, the Office of Mangrove Resource Development Station 12 and 14 and the Ban Don Bay Conservation Network (BBCN), is implementing a project called “Reversing Environmental Damage through Community Focused Sustainable Livelihoods in Ban Don, Surat Thani Province”. The project is implemented with financial support from the Mangrove for the Future (MFF). The project will be implemented from May 2009 up to April 2011.
Most mangrove restoration projects fail due to the lack of consideration for the hydrology of the restoration site and only involve planting Rhizophora sp. nursery raised seedlings or propagules. If mangrove planting projects succeed they usually result in mono-culture plantations with low biodiversity.
The project aims to promote wise use and conservation of costal wetlands biodiversity to generate benefits at local, regional and global levels in relation to biodiversity and human development and with requirements of the Ramsar Convention at the Kaper Estuary and Laem Son National Park, Ranong Province, the Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Site).