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Baan Tor Phae community forest, Mae Hong Son wins the National Community Forest Award 2015 under the “Love the Forest and Community 2015” program organized by RFD and RATCH

Bangkok - The Royal Forest Department (RFD) in partnership with Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Public Company Limited (RATCH) announced the results of the Community Forest Contest under the “Love the Forest and Community 2015” program. This year, Ban Tor Phae community forest, Amphoe Khun Yuam, Mae Hong Son was selected for the winner of National Community Forest Award and received the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Trophy. Meanwhile, Noon Yai community forest, Si Sa Ket province won the special award under topic of “the Youth love the forest” for this year. Privy Councilor Ampol Senanarong presided over the award presentation ceremony.  

General Surasak Kanchanarat, Natural Resources and Environment Minister, said the national community forest area was expanded and more local communities nationwide have been allowed to establish community forests. At present, there are 9,470 villages established the community forest area of 4,067,128 rai, significant raising over 1,956,549 rai from 3,534 additional community forests during 2008- 2015. This expanded community forest area was partially supported by the company’s “Love the Forest and Community” project that was initiated in 2008.

Mr. Rum Herabat, RATCH CEO, said the “Love the Forest and Community” project is the collaboration between the company and RFD. Launched in 2008, this CSR project has been organized aligned with the company’s intention to operate business together with conducting corporate and social responsibility based on the concept of human being should live in harmony with nature. The company stresses the importance of natural resources and environment, especially forest which is regarded as a food bank for the community, a habitat for other animals and the key source of carbon sink – the area that can help alleviate the global warming problem. The project in 2015 was successfully done, thanks to 1,204 community forests registering to participate in this program. The raising number of participating community forests reflects the community’s increasing awareness about forest conservation. This project can obviously stimulate the public to acknowledge and understand the importance of community forest in line with the company’s established objectives.  

For the results of the Community Forest Contest under the “Love the Forest and Community 2015” project, there were 137 award winning community forests this year. 

Baan Tor Phae community forest, Moo 1, Tambon Mae Ngao, Amphoe Khun Yuam, Mae Hong Son was selected as the winner of national community forest and received the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Trophy and a 200,000-baht Community Forest Conservation Fund.   

The three runner up 2015 national community forest award winners that were each granted an honorary plaque and a 100,000-baht Community Forest Conservation Fund were:

  • Suan Somdet Chao Fa Chulabhorn community forest, Moo 2,3,5,7, Tambon Cha-uat, Amphoe Cha-uat, Nakhon Si Thammarat.
  • Baan Tra Krao Thong community forest, Moo 6, Tambon Baan Lang, Amphoe Muang, Rayong.
  • Baan Hua Bung community forest, Moo 9, Tambon Sai Moon, Amphoe Nam Phong, Khon Kaen.

The best community forest receiving “Youth loves the forest” award that was granted an honorary plaque and a 100,000-baht Community Forest Conservation Fund was:

  • Noon Yai Community Forest, Moo 3, Tambon Siow, Amphoe Pho Si Suwan, Si Sa Ket.

The three runner up of “the Youth love the forest” award winners that were each granted an honorary plaque and a 25,000-baht Community Forest Conservation Fund were:

  • Baan Pang Ngun community forest, Moo 6, Tambon Saroi, Amphoe Wang Chin, Phrae.
  • Baan Phu Toom community forest, Moo5, Tambon Hauy Luek, Amphoe Baan Lad, Phetchaburi.
  • Baan Ton Tan community forest, Moo 2, Tambon Jor Bo, Amphoe Yi-ngo, Narathiwat.

The provincial model community forest award was granted to 65 communities who were awarded an honorary plaque and a 25,000-baht support fund for community forest preservation.  There were also 64 consolation prizes which included an honorary plaque and a 10,000-baht support fund for community forest conservation. 

Under the “Love the Forest and Community” project, other activities for promoting community potentiality have been created to equip communities with sustainable forest conservation approaches, such as the biannual community forest leaders’ network seminars and the biannual ‘Kla Yim” youth camp which will be rotated nationwide. This year the biannual community forest leaders’ network seminars were organized in southern and northeastern Thailand and the biannual ‘Kla Yim” Youth Camp were organized in northern and central regions.

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