Klong Klone Mangrove Forest
The return to life of neglected villages.
Klong Kone mangrove forest was once destroyed, harming the plentiful mangrove area, coastal ecosystem and marine animals. As fishing could not serve the local community sufficiently any longer, the youth turned to other occupations.
In 1991, villagers started to reforest the area to restore livelihoods and prosperity; however, many problems occurred during the first three years. There was a lack of knowledge of tree selection, tree-planting skills, and missing collaborative spirit from some villages. Nevertheless, H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn viewed mangrove reforestation as a serious issue and went to Klong Klone five times between 1997 and 2004 to plant mangroves.
Currently, Klong Klone mangrove area is revitalized. There are people living along the coast in numbers, local fishing can serve villagers sufficiently, migrants have come back to earn a living in their hometown and families stay together. There are many self-sufficient occupations for villagers. Some gather to provide occupational classes based on their skills such as fishing, catering, Kra-tang or shell farm huts in the sea, boat trip services, cork trees planting, and Don Hoi Lod sightseeing. Others have an eco-tourism service for both day tourists and overnight accommodation at Kra-tang.
Nowadays, Klog Klone mangrove forest is an important eco-tourism spot in Samut Songkram combining mangrove conservation, sustainable livelihoods and a renewed sense of community.