Project goal: Community-based ecological mangrove restoration
: International Climate Initiative (IKI), IUCN Thailand Programme, Mangrove Action Project
(MAP), Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), Raks Thai Foundation
Project volume: 4 million euros in six different countries
Project duration: September 2012 to August 2017
Thick mangrove forests once grew on Thailand's Kho Klang island - but they were cleared, among other things to make way for shrimp farming ponds. The move had devastating consequences for biodiversity, but as shrimp farming is no longer profitable on the island, many ponds now lie idle. In her efforts to bring back the mangroves, environmental activist Jaruwan Enright has found a new ally: the island's imam and owner of some of the ponds. He has agreed to open one of them up to the tides, so mangroves can grow there again. An unexpected benefit of the scheme is the arrival of mangrove crabs - a delicacy.
A film by Bastian Hartig