Dow-DMCR-IUCN takes mangrove conservation to the next level in the fight against global warming and marine debris

Dow Thailand in collaboration with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently held a signing ceremony for a cooperation agreement on the “Dow & Thailand Mangrove Alliance”.

The collaboration aims to advance the conservation of mangroves along the coast of Thailand covering five provinces on over 5,000 rai of land to reduce the impact of global warming and marine debris sustainably. The pilot area will be in Paknam Prasae sub-district of Rayong Province.

Mr. Chatchai Luanpolcharoenchai, Dow Thailand President, said, “Two of the most challenging problems the world is facing at the moment are climate change and plastic waste. To holistically address both problems, we have initiated and supported the Dow & Thailand Mangrove Alliance. Mangroves have the best storage capacity to store carbon dioxide, helping to reduce global warming. The trees also act as traps and filters for marine litter. This collaboration has been built upon Dow’s 12 years of ongoing mangrove forestation project in Thailand and this year it will be taken to an international level. We aim to run the project for at least five years with a minimum budget of 30 million baht supported by Dow.” 

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