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The Royal Forest Department, In Collaboration With Ratchaburi Holding, Rolls Out The “Love the Forest and the Community” Year 5 Program, Reflecting The Success Of Strong Community Towards The Commitment To Sustainable Forest Conservation

Bangkok – 27 March 2012 – The Royal Forest Department, in partnership with Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Public Company Limited (Ratchaburi Holding), have kicked off the ‘Love the Forest and the Community’ Year 5 program to win HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Trophy. The program supports the power of a strengthened community that has attained sustainable natural resource and environmental preservation. This year, there is a special best community forest award for “Sustainable Development” to foster community forests that have effectively utilized natural resources in a balanced manner  and maintained biodiversity with a variety of organisms in the forest ecosystem.

Mr. Suwit Ratanamanee, Director-General of the Royal Forest Department, said, “The Royal Forest Department, in partnership with Ratchaburi Holding, has undertaken the Love the Forest and Community program since 2008 and this year marks the fifth year of the initiative. This reflects the commitment of the public and private sectors to work together to support the community forest initiative and promote a strong and mutually supportive network of community forests.  This will enhance the viability of all community forests and help ensure that these precious resources will continue to benefit the people in the community and the society as a whole. The number of participating community forests has exceeded the initial targets, leading to a well-established network of the community forests, more efficient management of the network as well as generating a real learning system through shared knowledge and practices on how to best manage community forests and protect the forests at the regional level.”     

The major activities of the program have focused on three areas which are 1) the Community Forest Contest 2) the Kla Yim youth camp, that disseminates knowledge and a positive attitude towards the conservation of community forest and natural resources among the youth and 3) a seminar for the network of community forest leaders to strengthen natural resource conservation among young people and community forest leaders, who are a major force in protecting Thailand’s forests today and in the future.”

The Community Forest Contest’s objective is to select the best forest management system in the social, economic, natural resource sustainability and energy conservation areas. Over the past four years, 581 forests have been granted awards. The 2008 – 2011 Best National Community Forests are the Khao Wong Community Forest, Chaiyaphum province, the Baan Ta Pa Pao Community Forest, Lamphun province, the Baan Huay Rai Burapa Community Forest, Udorn Thani province and Baan Klang Community Forest, Pangnga

“This year, the Community Forest Contest’s prizes include the national community forest that will be granted the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Trophy, best regional community forests, provincial model community forests, and consolation prizes, 142 prizes in total. The special 2012 award will go to the best community forest in the area of “sustainable development” to encourage community forests that utilize natural resources in a responsible and balanced manner while ensuring the maintenance of biodiversity in the ecosystem,” Mr. Suwit said.

Mr. Noppol Milinthanggoon, Chief Executive Officer, Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PLC, said, “Ratchaburi Holding and the Royal Forest Department have cooperated to take the ‘Love the Forest and the Community’ program to Year 5. The company is proud to play a crucial role in participating and promoting the successful development of sustainable community forests and environmental conservation. The results are satisfactory as there were community forests nationwide that participated in the program and stimulate widespread community contribution in natural resource preservation. All activities of this program support the community to gain more strength and develop efficient management of community forests in accordance with the sufficiency economy philosophy, resulting in sustainable integrated management. The company is confident that the response from community forests will be very good in the 5 Year program. Although this is the last year of the Love the Forest and the Community’ program, the company will continue to support other programs that are in line with our initial intention of helping to foster sustainable use of natural resources in order to ensure ongoing social and economic progress for generations to come.

Applications for the 2012 Community Forest Contest are open from today until April 30, 2012. The announcement of winners is scheduled for September 2012.  For more information, please contact the Community Forest Management Bureau, the Royal Forest Department at 0 2561 4942 – 3 Ext. 5549, 5654.


Press enquiries:

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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Tel. 0 2252 9871
E-mail: hongsinunt.s@abm.co.th

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