AMATA City Rayong Industrial Estate is located at the mid-stream of watershed. Pusai Stream flows from Khao Mai Kaeo Watershed runs through the Industrial Estate before reaching Dok Krai Reservoir, a large reservoir with a capacity of more than 79 million cubic meters covering the area of over 1,300 rais (2.08 km2) in Rayong. Although Dok Krai Reservoir is located outside of a 5-km radius from AMATA City Rayong Industrial Estate, it is crucial in term of freshwater ecosystem and economic resource of the community as it is an aquatic animal nursery and local fishery area for more than 500 households in Nikhom Phatthana District. The local community is thus concerned with the potential impact on water quality and aquatic animals which is a major source of traditional occupation of the community.
Therefore, the Company, in cooperation with Rayong Fisheries Provincial Office, Dok Krai Reservoir Freshwater Resources Management Committee, community committee supervising and controlling the use of reservoir, and various groups of alliance such as local entities and factory operators in AMATA City Rayong Industrial Estate, has carried out “Sustainable Watershed Management Project” to nurture and rehabilitate water resources and to conserve local aquatic animals which, in addition to occupational and food resources for community, they could effectively be water quality index.
In 2021 the Company had released 314,000 aquatic animals or 10 species found in the reservoir area by Rayong Fisheries Provincial Office such as common barb, spotted featherback, seven-stripped carp, striped catfish, carp, etc., worth THB 100,000. And in collaboration with the Rayong Fisheries Office, releasing 500,000 lobsters.
As a result of the projects conducted, in addition to conserving local species and increasing the abundance of aquatic species in Dok Krai Reservoir. The local community can be ensured of water quality running through AMATA City Rayong Industrial Estate has carefully managed, controlled and monitored water quality. In the future it plans to conduct a survey on a diversity of freshwater species in Dok Krai Reservoir in collaboration with Rayong Fisheries Provincial Office and Dok Krai Reservoir Freshwater Resources Management Committee to be used as basis data for biodiversity conservation and water quality index in the future.