Ecological connectivity for sustainable aquaculture
In Trang Province, Thailand, 3C assessed a program combining community tourism-habitat conservation-ecological connectivity. At Sikao District along the Andaman Sea, one community has spent over a decade replanting and protecting its seagrass and mangrove areas. By doing so, they are able to ensure a steady life cycle of various fish species some of which are wild-caught for use in sustainable aquaculture farms (no antibiotics). Combining these ecosystem connectivity actions for conservation with community tourism has brought revenue to some homestays. Environment education programs run by the homestays have increased public awareness on conservation issues, as well as recycling and waste management. 3C is helping coastal communities around Southeast Asia adapt this model for each local need.