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‘Kla Yim’ Northern Youth Camp to Take Care Community Forest and Environment

Nan / Bangkok – 2 May 2013: Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PCL (Ratchaburi Holding), in partnership with the Royal Forest Department, organized the ‘Kla Yim’ northern youth camp, as part of the 2013 ‘Love the Forest and the Community’ program. The camp is being held at the Baan Nong Phuk Community Forest, Nan province, which was the winner of the 2011 “Youth Loves the Forest” award. The camp aims to encourage learning through outdoor experience on community forest and natural resources as well as building awareness on forest conservation in order to continue the community forest management in future.
Mr. Noppol Milinthanggoon, Chief Executive Officer, Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PLC, said, “The Royal Forest Department and RATCH have undertaken the Klayim youth camp since 2008 and turn to phase II (2013-2017) now. We have arranged 13 youth camps for 978 young people. For Klyaim northern youth camp, the young people from northern region will attend to learn on natural resources and energy conservation. The company believes that the activity will boost awareness about natural resources and environmental protection and learn on using natural resources effectiveness and energy saving. The youth will take care the community forests and will be the key to protect the forests in the future.”
The Northern Kla Yim youth camp brought together 80 students aged 13-15 from schools in 10 provinces in the north including Nan, Phrae, Tak, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Lampang, Lamphun, Chiang Mai, Phayao and Chiang Rai. The camp is being held at the Baan Nong Phuk Community Forest which was the winner of the 2011 “Youth Loves the Forest” award as a case study. The youth will learn about community forests and natural forests.  The learning process involved many activities including knowledge session, practice activities and brainstorm session such as “learning on living with forest and sustainable community forests”, “learning on warming global”, “Klayim youth to plant herb garden” and “Future of community forests”.

Mrs. Boontiva Dansamasatid, Executive Vice President – Corporate Administration, Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PLC, said, “the Klayim youth camp concentrates on creating a systematic process of integrated learning about forests and environmental conservation. The camp will encourage young people to develop awareness and to care about the environment and forests as well as understand relevant issues related to forest protection and the broad energy situation. This year the camp brought the AIC process to encourage more focused thinking among young people. The process was used at the Klayim youth camp in the central and east regions for the first time. The central and eastern camp received positive feedback from the young people at the camp who also offered presentations during the brainstorming sessions.”

“For example, “Future of community forest” brainstorm session facilitated sharing of knowledge as the youngsters learned about their hometown forest and were provided detailed forest case studies. The young people will be able to preserve these key learning for the future when they will plan their own hometown forests. What can they improve in their own forests of the future? The company believes that the process will create enhanced awareness and thinking among the youth as they learn to better appreciate the importance of natural resources and energy conservation.”
The AIC (Appreciation-Influence-Control) process include 7 steps as noted below
o   Preparation
o   My perspective on the community forest – knowledge shared from the forest case study 
o   My current community forest – community forest analysis- both positive and negative according to the opinions offered by the participants
o   The community forest in my dream – imagining an ideal community forest
o   The community forest plan in the future – creative plan development
o   Details about the community forest plan in the future – practice about detailed plan development
o   Conclusion
As the 2011 Youth Love Forest award, The Bann Nong Phuk forest community focuses on promoting activities among young people focused on forest conservation and sustainability. The youth group called “La-oon Huk Pa” or youth love forest is an outstanding achievement in undertaking ambitious activities related to supporting natural resources on an ongoing basis. The group aims to encourage young group to continue their efforts to preserve the forests so that they will be protected in the future”, concluded Boontiva.

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