PDI Global
[ Village Development Partnership ]
 
 TSUNAMI RELIEF
 
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

10. ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES
(WATER, SANITATION AND TREE PLANTING)

We will assist in providing household rain catchments, water jars, and water tanks. Households which have had their latrines destroyed will be provided with new ones.


Replanting the mangroves

Some villagers are being forced to buy clean drinking water at Baht 90 per cubic liter, which is 30 times higher than the pre-tsunami price. We will provide reverse-osmosis water dispensers for the communities; the proceeds of the water purifiers will then be used for income generation.

Trees and mangroves will be planted to replace those destroyed; for every tree planted, 40 Baht will go into the village and community banks.
 

To help reduce the depletion of natural fish stocks in the area, communities will be encouraged to establish hatcheries; these fingerlings will be used as feeder-fish for the more expensive, farm-raised fish such as the plaa gow, which eats significantly more than traditional farm-raised fish. Using hatchery-raised feeder-fish will significantly reduce the burden on local stocks of fingerlings, and will allow the farmers to raise higher-value fish.

Communities will also be encouraged to plant jatropha trees, which bear nuts that, when pressed/milled, dispense a biodiesel liquid – ready for use in the fishermen’s boat engines without any further processing.

The ground-up nut-meal can then be used as an organic fertilizer. One hectare of the plant can produce two to four tons of bio-diesel each year, bearing fruit as early as year two and living for fifty years; this will not only meet the needs of the local fishermen, but also generate sustainable income for the community for decades to come.

We witnessed several communities that were saved from the tsunami by the lush mangrove forests, which absorbed the main force of the wave, thereby lessening the damage to the village houses. We believe that community mangrove cultivation and preservation will help minimize damage if there is another tsunami in the future.

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WE WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL FOR ANY HELP
THAT YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS CAN PROVIDE.

For further enquiries enquiries please contact:

MECHAI VIRAVAIDYA, Chairman of the Board

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