Wat Khun Samut Chin

Wat Khun Samut Chin

This is an aerial photo of Ban Khun Samut Chin in Phra Samut Chedi district. In these photos you can clearly see how this community has been affected by land erosion. The main road through the village used to be across the bottom of this photo. This is the local temple. Everyone else has moved inland. Some families had to move two or three times. Only the monks refused to leave. They are now surrounded by water at high tide. To reach this temple, you have to walk along an elevated concrete walkway. In the background, you can see shrimp and fish farms. These used to be mangrove forests. Cutting them down directly caused the land erosion. As you can see some from the photos, they have started to replant mangroves to help stop any further erosion. They have also planted bamboo poles to help break the waves. From experiments, they found these to be better than concrete barriers.

Wat Khun Samut Chin

Wat Khun Samut Chin

Wat Khun Samut Chin

Wat Khun Samut Chin

Wat Khun Samut Chin

Wat Khun Samut Chin

Wat Khun Samut Chin

Wat Khun Samut Chin

Wat Khun Samut Chin

Wat Khun Samut Chin

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