Our Planet, Our Responsibility
Dressed in bright blue T-shirts and navigating the muddy tidal flats of Prasae estuary, more than 400 Dow volunteers planted 2,000 mangrove trees and picked up trash along the beach in 2018 – marking the 10th year that our employees participated in mangrove forestation along Thailand’s eastern coast in Rayong Province.
Mangroves are critical resources that impact our lives. These coastal wetlands serve as a buffer between the open seas and land, protecting coastal communities from violent storms while preventing erosion. They also nourish biodiversity as nursery grounds for many coastal and marine species, as well as support fisheries.
Despite these benefits, scientists estimate that half of the world’s mangroves have disappeared during the last five decades – and those that remain are under threat from increasing urbanization, aquaculture, agriculture and industry due to area loss and pollution. Data from Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources show that the number of mangrove forests in Thailand dropped tremendously from 2000 to 2009.
Recognizing this, Dow Thailand initiated the Dow Mangrove Forestation Project in 2009. By working with local municipalities, an estimated 14,000 mangroves have been planted along Thailand’s coastal zones by Dow volunteers and community members. This has helped grow 32,000 square meters of green area, increased carbon dioxide absorption by 4.9 million kilograms and generated more than THB 600,000 of revenue through community tourism.
It also helped one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world reclaim a piece of Thailand’s landscape – and enables a better, more sustainable place to live for generations to come.