Planting of Phi Phi trees
Baan Laem Tong Village, Moo 8 Phi Phi Don Island KRABI, THAILAND has a magnificent mangrove forest and canal connected closely with the crystal clear Andaman sea water.  

Spanning 3,200 square meters, 200 Phi Phi trees or Samae Khao (Avicennia alba) and Rhizophora species, with the compliments of saplings from Biodiversity-based Economy Development Office (BEDO), were planted over muddy sand area. Phi Phi trees are pioneer evergreen species and mostly founded at the most outer mangrove forest along the shore. The trunks and branches create big shrubs. It develops roots with many vertical pencil-like breathing roots above the ground. The leaves are glossy green on the top side and white below, with pointed tips.  

The special characteristics of this mangrove forest are important for young marine life and provide protection against wind and wave erosion. The mangrove forest is also an important blue carbon sink for the coastal environment and biodiversity.