Thai researchers have succeeded in creating a substitute for mangroves to slow down coastal erosion and restore marine life.
Researcher, Thanadon Sattabongkot said this week that it took his team eight years to develop the replacement for natural mangroves with a demonstrated ability to speed up the accumulation of coastal soil to foster the growth of mangrove forests. The project began in 2007. Made from eco-friendly materials such as wood composites and natural rubber wood, the mangroves substitute can yield tangible results within four months of installation, and can last for up to 10 years. The means of substituting for mangroves is now one of 56 innovations registered with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA). National News Bureau of Thailand