The mangrove forests encompassing Baan Khao Takiab Community and Khao Krailas will become a preservation area for further studies on mangrove forest ecological systems and prevention against currently threatening global warming.
According to Mr. Somsak Khiewkham, the chairman of Baan Khao Takiab Environmental Conservation Group, local people and fishermen of Baan Khao Takiab are now taking of care of a 20-Rai mangrove near the Khao Krailas Buddhist Temple. To balance the ecological system there, they planted mangroves and red wood and released Nile tilapia, sea crabs and vinegar crabs. Doing so will enable the marine fauna to breed. Moreover, the area will serve as a research center for students and academics. This green area will also act as a natural filter to prevent global warming.
All the activities have been carried out for 7 years in close collaboration with Mr. Prasong Pitoolkitja, the former Governor of Prachuab Khirikhan, and Mr. Krip Rojanasathira, the Chairman of Hua Hin Conservation Group, apart from local students, fishermen and even Buddhist monks who play active roles in community development.
Since the mangrove forest area in Khao Krailas is one of the most near-perfect environmental areas of Thailand, it is worthwhile witnessing the progress. The next step is to set up an information center, small shelters and wooden bridges to accommodate visitors throughout the area. However, all these steps will cost approximately 1.8 million Baht to complete.
Apart from the mangrove forests in Khao Krailas, there is another one at Khlong Takiab. Encompassing 64 Rai areas, the mangrove forest in Khlong Takiab has been trespassed and owned by investors from Hua Hin and Bangkok. Local people are now working with Baan Khao Takiab Environmental Conservation Group to claim back the area. If they are successful, it will serve as a 2nd conservation area allowing local fishermen to live and work while helping to prevent global warming.