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Get your hands dirty and make a difference! Planting mangroves is a highly efficient way of storing carbon, stabilizing the shoreline, protecting land from heavy wave damage and providing living area for marine and land animals. Mangroves bring various benefits and we need you to plant them!

The event starts and ends in Bangkok and is accompanied by vegan food – team up with fellow planters and help us planting more trees!

 

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Tree planting initiatives and organizations have skyrocketed in recent years, with the promise of sequestering carbon and reversing climate change. However to be more than just greenwashing, many factors need to be considered to ensure an actual impact and the survival of the trees. Here is what we’ve done:

 

The Planting is done at Khlong Khon Mangrove Forest Conservation Center, a center that commercially operates since 1991 with great success that is visible on satellite imagery. The land on which the trees are planted belongs to the Thai government and it’s protected by a royal initiative. The type of tree we are planting, Rhizophora Mucronata, is native to this area . 

 

According to the the planting site, 80% of the trees being planted will survive permanently. This claim can be backed by several studies that have been done on Rhizophora Mucronata with similar survival rates, especially one that has been done in central Thailand by Kasetsart University and the Department of Marine and Costal Resources in Thailand.

 
Excerpt from the study
Before and after the planting site started operation
What happens after planting?

Staff from the planting site will look after the seedlings once a week for the first 3 months to establish their survival. If the seedling survives the first 3 months, it’s safe to assume it will be able to continue growing on its own. This is because studies have shown that most of the trees that will have survived the first 3 months will also survive at least 8 months

 

Excerpt from the study
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Every time we plant trees, we take the GPS coordinates to be able to
check the exact location the next time we visit the planting site. We will estimate the survival rate & update the website accordingly. 

Subsumption

Globally, loss of mangrove forests is 3 to 5 times higher than that of terrestrial forests. From 1961 to 1996, Thailand lost about 56% of its mangrove forests mainly due to the expansion of shrimp and salt farms.
Tragically, mangroves sequester carbon at a rate two to four times greater than mature tropical forests and they are a natural solution to climate change. That’s why we work on this.
However, the survival of our mangroves is subject not only to the way it was planted by an individual but also to various different parameters that change monthly (for example ph-level of the water depending on how much water gets swept into the ocean from Bangkok). Although we try our best to maximize the impact of this project, we do not guarantee survival or issue CO2 certificates. 
This is about planting trees together to the best we can, raising awareness to climate action and a plant based diet.

 

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