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Community forest carries on the royal legacies of natural resource conservation RFD-RATCH organizes “Love the Forest and Community” program to follow in his footsteps

Bangkok: - “Baan Tung Yee Peng” community forest, Krabi won “the National Community Forest Award 2017” and received HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Trophy under the Love the Forest and Community program. The Royal Forest Department (RFD), in partnership with Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Public Company Limited (RATCH) organized this program for 10th consecutive year. This year, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Gen Surasak Kanjanarat presided over the award-presentation ceremony.

Mr. Charesak Nantawong, Acting RFD Director-General and Deputy Director-General said that the Royal Forest Department (RFD), as an authority responsible for the country’s forest management, continues its forest conservation according to the royal initiatives of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej by promoting the community’s participation based on good governance principle in line with the ‘Civil State’ concept. The reforestation in terms of the community forest will focus on the people’s needs, while the local administration also takes part in development. The communities nearby the forest are promoted to participate in forest resource management with RFD officials. They can benefit from the forest in sustainable way under the law and regulations. There are currently 10,418 villages registering their community forests since 2000, covering the area of 5.69 million rai. According to the civil state policy, the government sector will promote business sector operating business with social and environmental responsibility to join hands with government and public sectors to foster the forest. For example, “Love the Forest and Community” program which was jointly organized by RFD and RATCH since 2008 aims at praising the community showing best performance in forest management that can be the role model of other communities. Moreover, winners will receive National Community Forest Award, with a great chance to receive HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Trophy. This program was organized for 10 consecutive years. This year, there are 139 winning communities. On behalf of RFD, I would like to congratulate all winners and thank RATCH for its collaboration on this forest conservation project.  

Mr. Raluke Satayaporn, Chief Project Development Officer on behalf of RATCH CEO said that the company and RFD have jointly promoted the community forest program since 2008 under “Love the Forest and Community” program. The project was implemented by following the royal initiatives, particularly planting trees first in the hearts of the people. The National Community Forest Award is the key activity of this program aiming at increase people’s awareness in natural resource conservation, including forest, soil and water resources that play great role in everyone’s daily life. This project will increase people’s awareness to take care of forest and ecology system. In addition, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously gave the Trophy for the national winners to thank all communities who put effort on forest management. Currently, there are 1,392 community forests nationwide winning this program, covering the area of 1.252 million rai. Forest conservation is regarded as the effort to create the huge carbon sink and a way to mitigate the global warming impact, the root cause of climate change. Moreover, the company committed to lessening environmental impacts. Aside from increasing renewable projects and generation efficiency improvement, we believe that the Love the Forest and Community program will help enlarge the network of forest conservation further. Hopefully, the society will pay more attention to forest resource management, such as understanding how to employ the forest’s benefit in sustainable way in order to conserve our natural resources for the future generation.

There are 139 winning community forests this year, out of 1,467 community forests participating in the Love the Forest and Community 2017 program.

The winners of the National Community Forest Award, with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Trophy:

  •  “Baan Tung Yee Peng” community forest located at Tambon Saladan, Amphoe Koh Lanta, Krabi won HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Trophy and received a 200,000-baht Community Forest Conservation Fund. After deforestation for charcoal was ended, the mangrove forest was restored through “eco-tourism group,” regarded as a key driver for local economic growth that runs along with mangrove forest conservation. Currently, the forest area has been extended up to 1,599 rai which plays a crucial role as nurseries for marine life. Aside from the food bank and source of income for the community, this mangrove forest serves as a natural wall protected villagers against the recent tsunami. 

The three runners-up for the National Community Forest Award 2017 that received an honorary trophy and a 100,000-baht Community Forest Conservation Fund were:

  • Baan Huai Hin Fon Community Forest, Mae Pa sub-district, Mae Sot district, Tak
  • Baan Tha Ma Kham Community Forest, Tanawsri  sub-district, Suan Phueng district, Ratchaburi
  • Baan Phutapao Community Forest, Sam Suan sub-district, Baan Tan district, Chaiyapoom

The winner of the special “Following the Royal Philosophy for Sustainable Development of Community Forest” award in 2017, in praise of community forests that show their systematical management based on His Majesty the King Bhumibol’s sufficiency economy philosophy:

  • Baan Sai En Community Forest, Song Salueng sub-district, Klaeng district, Rayong becomes the winner for this category and receive an honorary trophy and a 100,000-baht Community Forest Conservation Fund as the villagers can adapt the royal philosophy in their daily life. Therefore, the forest conservation was implemented along with upgrading quality of life.

The three runners-up of the specialFollowing the Royal Philosophy for Sustainable Development of Community forest” award in 2016 that received an honorary trophy and a 25,000-baht Community Forest Conservation Fund were:

  • Baan Huay Pan Community Forest, Chiang Klang district, Nan
  • Tambon Phiman Community Forest, Na Kae district, Nakorn Phanom
  • Baan Wang Sila Direk San Community Forest, Nasan district, Surat Thani

Each of the 66 Provincial Model Community Forest Award winners received an honorary plaque and a 25,000-baht Community Forest Conservation Fund. Meanwhile, each of the 65 consolation prizes received an honorary plaque and a 10,000-baht Community Forest Conservation Fund.

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