Libong and Muk, Ko Kah, Thailand
Supporting island communities in dugong conservation and habitat protection
The islands of Libong and Muk, off the western coast of Thailand, comprise 8,649 acres and 3,718 acres of land respectively. They are home to the only remaining population of Thailand’s endangered dugongs–marine mammals closely related to manatees–who feed upon the islands’ expansive seagrass beds. Nearby are two uninhabited islands, Lao-Tam and Ko Kah, which provide a critical filtering mechanism between heavy erosion from the mainland and the seagrass beds of Libong and Muk Islands.
YADFON, a local NGO, has been working with local communities for years. Seacology is working with YADFON to provide these island communities with materials and supplies for a network of seagrass bed and mangrove forest preservation projects to protect the endangered dugongs.Full or partial funding for this project provided by
- January 2005
- YADFON, the local group running the project, won a 2004 Associate Rolex Award for Enterprise for this project.
- July 2004
- Through community conservation training sessions and meetings with village representatives, a network has been established between the four villages committed to conservation efforts. This network...