The Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) has been working hand-in-hand with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) on an ambitious coral reef rehabilitation project in Koh Samui district, Surat Thani province. This joint effort aims to rejuvenate the marine ecosystem in four key areas of Koh Samui, and according to the latest reports, the endeavor is making excellent progress.
Viboon Wongsakul, the Governor of PWA, stated that the collaboration between PWA and DMCR has been ongoing since 2018. As mandated by the National Environment Board, the PWA has implemented various measures to prevent and reverse the environmental impacts of undersea sewage pipelines. These measures encompass the creation of artificial corals and the restoration and replanting of existing coral reefs, with the project set to achieve its objectives within five years.
The extensive coral planting and restoration efforts are focused on four specific areas, including Koh Samui Coral Reef Area or Ao Bang Nam Chuet, Koh Tan, Koh Mad Sum, and Koh Mad Lang in Koh Samui district. Wongsakul further noted that recent visits to these areas have shown that the restoration of coral reefs is proceeding at a highly satisfactory rate.
Moreover, this sustainable project is not only intended to restore the marine ecosystem but also plays a critical role in raising awareness about green tourism in the province. As a result, the local communities benefit from increased job creation and enhanced income opportunities.
Deputy Governor of PWA (Operation 5), Surachai Chuapaeng, revealed that PWA had already supported coral reef restoration across an impressive 3,381 rai in Koh Samui, planting a staggering 24,000 corals in the process. Looking ahead, PWA and DMCR will keep up their collaborative efforts into this year, aiming to restore an additional 6,000 corals across more than 1,000 rai of land.
With the joint dedication of the Provincial Waterworks Authority and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, the coral reef rehabilitation project in Koh Samui is making significant strides, promising a brighter and more sustainable future for both the marine ecosystem and the local communities that depend on it.