Coral Reef Restoration (Part 3) with Baandinthai

  • May 5, 2013 · 6:00 AM
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The event was previously scheduled on April 28, 2013, Sunday. The organization observed that the sea level is too low and it's not advisable for any activity so they moved the event on May 5, 2013.


The impact of global warming in many areas, as we've been informed through TV and newspapers has affected the Gulf of Thailand by a 3-5 degrees rise in temperature. As a result, it affected various species particularly the coral reefs of Thailand.

A single day event to plant corals along the coast and we're inviting everyone to join in their free time. The project is supported by the Foundation of Marine Science of Thailand.
http://www.baandinthai.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=351:-1-56&catid=47:-56&Itemid=73

Cost of participation: ฿750

Breakdown:
1. Meal for Lunch
2. Transportation (Van/Shuttle Bus) Air Bus
3. Instructor's Fees for teaching volunteers how to plant corals
4. Equipments for the project

Itinerary of the Event:

6.00 am - 7.00 am: Meeting at 7-11 in front of King Power, Rangnam Road
7.00 am - 10:00 am: Travel together by Van to Samaesan, Sattahip
(Drop at Motorway, Rest Area, Bangpakong around 15-20 Minute)
10.00 am - 11.00 am : Welcome  speech and briefing about coral and coastal ecosystems.
11.00 am - 12.30 pm: Start of Activity
12.30 - 13.00: Rinse/Clean and Change Clothes
13.00 - 14.00: Lunch
14.00 - 15.00: Travel and visit the Turtle Conservation Centre
15.00 - 18.00: Travel back to Bangkok

NOTE: I advise anyone who's interested to join in this project to be very sure that they're not suffering from a hydrophobia or inability to swim. The activity is purely about swimming and snorkeling and the volunteers are  supported by life vests. But if you have a constant fear of water, we'll see you on our next volunteer activity then. To check some photos of the previous meetup last March 24, 2013, visit this link:

http://www.meetup.com/Bangkok-Volunteers/events/105818402/

This is a very limited trip and a joint meetup between our group and Bangkok Scuba Diving Group

Enjoy the snorkeling!!

Celilu

Organizer

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  • Khristine Custodio G.

    I would love to help organize the next one and we'll make it clearer to interested volunteers the scope of this event. I think this is really good especially for those who have always feared the sea or wondered what's down there, which is absolutely beautiful. And yes, we'll prepare an English kit next time. And Cel's suggestion to have a similar activity but for the more advance volunteers, I'll try to check opportunities with my colleagues in UNEP and other environmental agencies, but if any of you are already aware of existing ones, then that could be our next project indeed :)

    2 · May 8, 2013

    • Cel

      our next project is next year hahahaha jk! we'll talk :)

      May 9, 2013

  • weena

    It was a great group and thanks to Celilu & Kristine for initating this. Good awareness gained about destruction of our coral reef. Agree with general view that actual coral reef restoration effort that we could pitch in was, unfortunately, few and far in between. This may be due to the varying swimming levels of participants in the much larger group that we joined. Would be ideal for future event if a more tailored volunteering opportunity could be organized for groups, like ours, that included folks with more advanced swimming skills.

    2 · May 8, 2013

    • weena

      :)

      1 · May 8, 2013

    • Cel

      ;)

      May 9, 2013

  • Jamie K.

    All of the below seconded. Great group and thanks all, and Khristine for leading us - see you all soon? :)

    2 · May 7, 2013

    • Cel

      Thanks Jamie for participating in this event!

      May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I concur with Emily, great group but the activity was pretty weak. More of an educational event, unfortunately it was all in Thai and we missed most if not all of it.

    Good snorkeling and camaraderie.

    1 · May 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We all commented that it's nice that they have this activity to raise awareness. That's clearly the goal here. No problems with that, it's just nice to feel a sense of accomplishment which was lacking in this activity. All in all though we all had a wonderful day mainly due to the wonderful group of people.

      3 · May 6, 2013

    • Cel

      I couldn't agree more, Jon. everyone had a great time really :)

      May 7, 2013

  • Khristine Custodio G.

    For those who participated, as promised:

    Elsevier Journal article on "Coral reef restoration projects in Thailand" by Dr. Thamasak Yeemin from the East Asian Seas Congress 2006 (this article does not cover the PVC pipes method which Baandinthai is using): http://www.denix.osd.mil/nr/crid/Coral_Reef_Iniative_Database/Thailand_files/Yeemin%20et%20al.,%202006.pdf

    Found this presentation with pics and additional info, also from Dr. Yeemin (including PVC pipe method): http://www.unepscs.org/Coral_Reefs_and_Seagrass_Workshop/Module%2005%20-%20Coral%20and%20Seagrass%20Restoration%20Tools/13-Coral-Transplantation-in-Thailand.pdf.pdf

    2 · May 6, 2013

    • Cel

      We need to make a printed brochure about this Khristine on the next coral planting :)

      May 6, 2013

    • Aniko S.

      Thanks Khristine!

      2 · May 6, 2013

  • Cel

    Thank you everyone for coming in this event. Though there was some confusion with the thai translation and a very limited activity time, Baandinthai appreciates your participation yesterday and very grateful to all of you!!

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Emily S.

    Didn't accomplish much. Great group though. Also, everything was in Thai so difficult for ex-pats.

    3 · May 5, 2013

    • Cel

      Yes, you're right about the very limited time and the lack of translator. My thai friend who usually handle foreigners wasn't able to make it yesterday. Thank you for coming anyway! :)

      May 6, 2013

  • Khristine Custodio G.

    As mentioned, the group bonded pretty well and we had a wonderful time chatting, laughing, eating & napping while in the bus :) The coral reef restoration itself and turtle conservation felt more like an eco-tourism and awareness raising event. Some of the volunteers in this group were a bit advance (e.g. experienced divers) and could definitely do so much more than screwing one coral each. Some also expected to get their hands dirty longer than the travel time. The on-site organizers were very kind and polite and seem pretty knowledgeable and passionate on the topic which worked well for the other big group (high school/college students?) but it would be good to have at least a brochure in English on how to screw the corals etc, what the turtle conservation in the Thai Naval base is about, etc. (we could work on the English kit for expats/foreigners and also provide this to Baandinthai as our way of saying thanks for the opportunity). Overall, a well spent Sunday!

    4 · May 6, 2013

    • Cel

      We already had an hour talk, thank you Khristine for hosting this for me! :)

      1 · May 6, 2013

  • Louisa D.

    If anyone isn't able to make it last minute, I would love to join! My email is [masked] and my cell is 0875089966. Please let me know. Thanks!

    1 · May 2, 2013

    • Cel

      Hi Louisa, they are all booked and no more seats, next time will do? :) the list were finalized since last weekend but anyway, thanks for your interest!

      May 2, 2013

  • Cel

    Here's another detailed map going to King Power Rangnam
    http://files.meetup.com/3617152/KingPower_Rangnam.pdf

    April 30, 2013

  • Cel

    If some of you doesn't have a bank account in Thailand yet, you can pay me personally. I'll be in Sukhumvit 26 tonight around 20.00ish, I left my contact numbers in the email I sent in my previous messages. Thanks!

    April 30, 2013

  • Cel

    I sent an email to the participants of this event regarding the payment. Please check your inbox and I left all the details needed, I can't post it here publicly. The final list of people who will go are based on the replies and non-replies from my previous email notices, and thank you for taking time to respond! :)

    April 29, 2013

  • weena

    + 1 if possible. I have a friend who has confirmed that she can also join.

    1 · April 27, 2013

    • weena

      Thanks Celilu !

      1 · April 27, 2013

    • Cel

      Hi Weena, can you please send me your complete name and your friend thru email? Thanks!

      April 27, 2013

  • Cel

    People who confirmed as of April[masked] am - Khristine, Aniko, Cara+1, Marina, Jamie

    April 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm confirmed too.

      1 · April 26, 2013

    • Cel

      Copy that, Jon! Thanks :)

      April 26, 2013

  • Janet

    I am so sorry to miss this. Didnt realised it clashed with another event. Enjoy and I'll meet you all next time!

    1 · April 24, 2013

    • Cel

      Thanks Janet for letting us know!

      April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I heard about this event from the Bangkok scuba divers club, sounds interesting!

    April 22, 2013

    • Khristine Custodio G.

      Hi Greg! Am also a member of the BKK scuba dive club and was tasked by Cel to assist in this activity. If you have your own snorkel gear, I recommend to bring it as rentals or free gears aren't don't always have the best quality. But if I understood correctly, item 4 mentioned above which is 'Equipment for the project' should include this. Cel, can you please confirm?

      1 · April 22, 2013

    • Cel

      @Greg, the organization provides the gear as stated on the event's details :)

      @Khristine, they're all in great conditions, no worries and thanks for answering for me! :)

      April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why was the date changed? :-)

    1 · April 17, 2013

    • Cel

      Because the organization scientifically realized that it's not comfortable and submersible to snorkel if the water is knee-deep high on April 28th :)

      April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So what are we going to do there if we can't plant/restore corals?

    1 · April 17, 2013

    • Cel

      That's why the date has been moved from April 28 to May 5, 2013. Please read the event's details.

      April 17, 2013

  • Reynaldo M.

    hi celilu, i am your new member and looking forward to join this activity. by the way, can you tell me please how to pay the cost? many thanks!

    1 · April 10, 2013

    • Cel

      Hi Reynaldo, I'll start collecting payments few days before the 28th. I still need to wait the final number of people going, anyone can change their minds anytime. You're welcome!

      April 10, 2013

  • Cel

    Please take time to read the itinerary of the event. If you have further questions, you can always send me an email or post your comments here. Thanks!

    April 9, 2013

  • Marina

    New to the group, looking forward to this activity!

    2 · April 8, 2013

    • Cel

      Welcome and hope you'll have fun!

      April 8, 2013

  • Cara

    Hi, looking forward to this! Me and my boyfriend are keen to help the environment and help any way possibly! Look forward to meeting you all!

    1 · April 8, 2013

    • Cel

      Hope you'll enjoy the event, Cara!

      April 8, 2013

  • Khristine Custodio G.

    This is great! I'm so excited to take part in this activity. Thanks very much for organizing this. I was all the time hoping that corals in Thailand are more resilient to intense heat. Looking forward to meeting everyone as well :)

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm new to this group but am really looking forward to participating in this activity. Jon

    2 · April 6, 2013

    • Cel

      hopefully you'll enjoy it!

      April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to come but I'll be in the jungle!

    1 · April 6, 2013

    • Cel

      yeah, sure you are!

      April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It is a great event but I'll be joining the jungle aid team on this date.

    1 · April 6, 2013

    • Cel

      yes, enjoy the karen people!

      April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Could someone post a link to a google map of the meeting point? I'm not familiar with Rangnam Road.

    April 6, 2013

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