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The Royal Forest Department in conjunction with Ratchaburi Holding Named Baan Huay Sapan Samakkee Community Forest, Karnchanaburi The 2012 Best National Community Forest And Signed A MOU To Drive Love The Forest And Community Program Phase 2

The Royal Forest Department, in partnership with Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Public Company Limited (Ratchaburi Holding), held the award presentation ceremony for the community forest contest to win the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Trophy, as part of the “Love the Forest and Community 2012” program. In addition, the Royal Forest Department signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ratchaburi Holding on the Love the Forest and Community program Phase 2 for forest conservation and sustainable community development. Mr. Chote Trachoo, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment presided over the award ceremony. The project is a co-operative effort between the government and private sectors to drive national forest preservation and development.  

There were 138 award winning community forests in the Love the Forest and Community 2012.         
The top winners were;

Baan Huay Sapan Samakkee Community Forest in Moo 2, Tambon Nongrong, Amphoe Phanom Thuan, Karnchanaburi was selected as the best national community forest and received HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Trophy and a BHT 200,000 Community Forest Conservation Fund.    

The four outstanding regional award winners were:
The northern region: Baan Mee Suk Community Forest in Moo 8, Tambon Wang Chan, Amphoe Sam Ngao, Tak province
The central and eastern region: Baan Khao Moo Si Community Forest in Moo 10, Tambon Nong Prue, Amphoe Nong Prue, Karnchanaburi province
The northeastern region: Baan Tard Rin Thong Community Forest in Moo 6, Tambon Thad Thong, Amphoe Muang, Chaiyaphum province
The southern region: Baan Chulabhorn Pattana 12 Community Forest in Moo 13, Tambon Sukhirin, Amphoe Sukhirin, Narathiwat province

These four award winning forests were each granted an honorary plaque by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and a BHT 100,000 Community Forest Conservation Fund.

The special community forest award for “Sustainable Development” was this year’s special award. It was intended to foster community forests that have effectively utilized natural resources in a balanced manner and maintained biodiversity with a wide variety of organisms in the forest ecosystem. The award was granted to Baan Den Pattana Community Forest in Moo 12, Tambon Puea, Amphoe Chiang Klang, Nan province, which received an honorary plaque from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and a BHT 100,000 Community Forest Conservation Fund.

The provincial model community forest award was granted to 66 communities who were awarded an honorary plaque by the Director-General of the Royal Forest Department and a support fund of BHT 25,000 for community forest preservation.  The 66 consolation prizes were awarded which included an honorary plaque presented by the Director-General of the Royal Forest Department and     a BHT 10,000 support fund for community forest protection. 

Mr. Suwit Ratanamanee, Director-General of the Royal Forest Department, said, “The Royal Forest Department, in partnership with Ratchaburi Holding, has cooperated to take the Love the Forest and Community program to Year 5. The program is to promote community participation in forest and environment conservations to be well managed and beneficial to the community in accordance with the sufficiency economy model. The results are satisfactory. There was an increase in community forests nationwide that participated in the program from 2008 to present. The community forests approved by the Royal Forest Department have been continually grown from 7,148 villages with a total of forest area of 2.38 million rai in 2008 to 8,515 villages with the total of forest area at 3.2 million rai in September, 2012

“There have been 720 award-winning community forests in total. In addition to serving as successful community forest models for other communities, these community forests have become well known and have gained widespread interest, allowing the government and private sectors to visit the forests to study and learn. In addition, they received good cooperation from their communities to participate in forest protection and develop forest management to be more suitable and efficient,” Suwit said.

Baan Huay Sapan Samakkee Community Forest in Karnchanaburi province won the best national community forest. It is a community forest formed by the unity of villagers from 4 villages who countered deforestation from agricultural and industrial land use. Those villagers undertook reforestation thus reviving natural resources while organizing activities to conserve the community forest by coordinating with the public sector to expand the forest conservation area. They have also cultivated the love for the forest in young people. At present, Baan Huay Sapan Samakkee is fertile once again. It has a strong network and served as a learning center on community forests and professional skills for the youth in the community as well as teachers, students and tourists who visit it.    

Mr.Noppol Milinthanggoon, Chief Executive Officer, Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PLC, said, “The company is proud to be participating and promoting the national forest conservations, leading to a well-established network of community forests nationwide that will play an important role in protect the nation’s forests for sustainability. This reinforces our CSR mission as a leading power producer that always focuses on protecting the environment. The success of the program reflects the commitment of cooperation between the government and private sectors that strongly support community forest conservation and stimulate wider awareness and contributions to take care of forests and the environment in the communities.”

The Royal Forest Department, in partnership with Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Public Company Limited signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to continue the Love the Forest and Community Phase 2 program. The objectives are to drive the program for the next five years (2013 – 2017) to strengthen the communities for sustainable forest management and expand a network of communities to preserve forests for ecosystem fertility. Additionally, the program aims to build awareness for the younger generation to realize the importance of forests and continually contribute to environmental restoration and preservation.

For the Love the Forest and Community Phase 2 program, the Royal Forest Department and Ratchaburi Holding are committed to promoting the conservation of Thailand’s forest and environmental resources as well as encouraging communities to strongly conserve the nation’s forests. This will concentrate on building awareness for everyone to realize the importance of forest benefits and participate in natural resources preservation. The company looks forward to seeing that the society will ultimately play a crucial role in taking care of forest resources and efficiently utilizing forests while increasing the area of forests for sustainability.” Noppol said


The Royal Forest Department
Amnuayporn Choldumrongkul  Tel.0 2561 4292-3 # 5914, 086 028 0202  E-mail: amchol44@gmail.com

Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PCL.  
Wiwan Phayakvichien Tel: 0 2794 9941-3 E-mail wiwanp@ratch.co.th

Azaim Burson-Marsteller Limited
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