Mangrove Planting in Chonburi, Thailand
Mangrove Planting Project
On the 29th of September 2019 Flight of the Gibbon successfully continued our Mangrove Planting Project by planting over 500 mangrove saplings on Samae Sarn Island in Chonburi. This is the second year that we will be taking part in this project and we would like to thank all involved parties including Royal Thai Navy Seals, Thai Island, Sea Natural History Museum team, Off-road team, Thai Eco Solutions, Flight of the Gibbon staff, volunteers and partners.
The planting site this year is on the Samae Sarn island, which is nearby “Thai Island and Sea Natural History Museum” area where we planted hundreds of mangroves last year. The day of the event started with gathering all parties and volunteers of the short ceremony about the introduction and purpose of this event. After that everyone went to the island where is the planting site is located by speed boat around 20 minutes to arrive at Samae Sarn island.
The process to plant mangrove saplings is quite technical and time consuming. The mangroves must be planted above the low tide line and below the high tide line. Also, the tubes that house the mangrove saplings are layered with various dirt, clay, rocks and gravel. They are also counter sunk to protect them from strong winds. Maintenance is then carried out on a regular basis including weeding and fertilizing.
Mangroves are a diminishing resource and provide huge benefits to local ecosystems. They provide habitat for thousands of various species, protect the coastline from erosion and maintain water quality and clarity. Our goal is to continue these events yearly including our tree planting throughout Thailand and help to inspire others to join the eco-tourism revolution, whether it’s getting involved and helping out or encouraging people to make eco-friendly buying decisions.
About Flight of the Gibbon
Flight of the Gibbon was started in 2007 by a group of nature-loving friends inspired by the rescue and rehabilitation of a pair of sick gibbons they found abandoned in a locked cage in the northern Thailand rainforest. Today Flight of the Gibbon is a leading global eco-adventure tour operator and the number one eco-tourism attraction in Thailand, thrilling customers with spectacular rainforest ziplines that are among the longest and highest in the world.
Flight of the Gibbon connects people with Asia's nature, history and bygone stories while conserving nature and traditional livelihoods. Flight of the Gibbon is remembered as a once-in-a-lifetime experience with uniqueness, mystery and surprise that visitors taste, smell, see, hear and feel.