The Mayor of Cha-Am Mr. Nukul Pornsomboonsiri conducted an opening ceremony for a new bridge and three learning centres at the mangrove forest located at the back of the municipal school 3 at Wat Neranchararam Buddhist Temple. This was in line with the Cha-Am Urban Development Plan of 2013. Financial support for the construction was from a budget of 1,850,000 THB allocated by the Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand and the National Office of Village and Urban Community Fund.
The bridge, 200 metres long and 2 metres wide, was built at the same time of the three learning centres. According to the Mayor of Cha-Am, apart from natural resource management for coastal fishing, the project is also important for people from the Saphan Hin Community to gain work and income. The project follows His Majesty the King’s philosophy of a self-sufficient economy.
It also encourages local communities, Buddhist temples and schools to preserve the mangrove forest in Cha-Am as a tourist attraction and a natural learning centre. The Mayor hopes that everyone will continue to take care of the mangrove forest in a sustainable way. The Cha-Am Municipality will provide financial and personnel support for the development of local fishing and mangrove forests.
The opening ceremony was attended by the local fishing group of Saphan Hin, other local people and students. The office of natural resource management for the mangrove forest in Phetchaburi provided some mangrove trees to plant. The Princess Sirindhorn International Environmental Park also provided support to the fishing group. The opening ceremony also served as a forum for opinions about how mangrove forest and marine habitats can be protected as a future site for eco-tourism.