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Rehabilitating damaged reefs by planting new coral in Thailand

Coral is an essential part of marine life. Sadly, coral reefs in Thailand are under threat because of pollution and fishing activities. One major cause of the worsening health of the coral reef is the large amount of plastic waste in the Thai seas. 

Through Schenker Thailand’s CSR program, 70 Schenker employees embarked on a journey this August to assist the Royal Thai Navy Sea Turtle Conservation Center in their quest to regenerate damaged reefs.

Children from Lorenzo’s Home, an orphanage in Chonburi, were also invited to join the trip and learn about ocean conservation. The Royal Thai Navy Sea Turtle Conservation Center is a leading conservation and education center situated in Sattahip, on the gulf coast of Southern Thailand. Sea turtles are extremely vulnerable, endangered sea animals that easily fall victim to plastic poisoning. The conservation center protects these turtles and also runs awareness campaigns to reduce the use of plastic.

After a visit to the conservation center and taking part in several icebreaking activities, the team learned about coral planting. The group was then split into smaller teams. Each team planted tiny coral plants on a special blue frame which a navy officer secured to the sea floor.

Khun Peerada Surachet, CHRO of Schenker Thailand, Myanmar & Laos, commented, “I am a strong believer in the motto ‘We need the ocean and the ocean needs us’. We would like to extend our gratitude to the conservation center for providing the opportunity to raise awareness about ocean protection, and we are also very proud of our employees for showing their commitment to support this cause.”

To learn more about DB Schenker’s sustainability efforts, click here.