Supporting aquatic ecosystems through education
Our institute hosted many events and trainings with the local community in efforts to maintain shared aquatic ecosystems especially water conservation and management. For example, Chumphon campus has collaborated with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to promoted secondary tourist cities that rolled out in hopes of helping boost water conservation and sustainable tourism. We also hosted the responsible fisheries management training for Andaman coast fishermen, no- fishing campaign during the spawning season event for all students, staff, and local people.. In terms of educational programme, we have established Fisheries Science Department in the Faculty of Agricultural Technology to educate our students about sustainable management on fisheries, aquaculture and tourism. These events and programme educated about aquatic extinction, conservation and management for free, while raising their awareness about overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices.
Water sensitive waste disposal
KMITL follows the water quality standard and water discharge from buildings guideline of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. These standard and guideline have announced for protecting human health and ecosystems. We control water discharge quality by setting wastewater treatment system with 2 septic tanks in which each tank is connected to an aerated lagoon. This system is for promoting the biological oxidation of wastewater, so treated water will meet the water standard before discharge.
Maintaining a local ecosystem
KMITL administration concerns about the health of aquatic ecosystems. Now we are currently monitoring our wastewater and water discharge system by measuring their quality in accordance with the water quality standard and water discharge from buildings guideline of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
The institute has been taking action to minimize physical, chemical and/or biological alterations of related aquatic ecosystems as follow;
- An effective micro-organisms project: a project that uses food waste to make effective micro- organisms to feed in wastewater treatment and water quality improvement in the institute. It helps reduce air pollution and chemical contamination in wastewater and also reduces the cost of waste disposal.
- An EM ball project: a project that produces EM balls that consist of rice husk, rice polish, rough rice molasses, soil, and EM for use in wastewater treatment. EM balls help decomposing organic matter in wastewater before it is released into surroundings, natural water resources and collect in the pond for watering trees. The project is part of the environmental and social responsibility efforts taken by the institute.