Today, I went with the NLPC to Na Haeo District, Loei Province to see their project, which is a successful example of the above concept. In addition to granting farming rights to those who have lived in the forests since before the Cabinet resolution on 30 June 1998, our aim is to improve the public’s understanding of national forest resources so that they cherish them. In the hopes of conserving our remaining forests and restoring invaded, deforested areas, the NLPC encourages all sectors to participate in solving land issues. It especially supports law enforcement in handling capitalist groups encroaching on forests and smuggling precious wood.
As part of its land management project, the NLPC aims to reforest 75,734 rai of Loei Province. It has already granted land use rights to a group of approximately 26,705 people in Na Haeo District. This group will be a model for expanding the reforestation process into other areas. The Royal Forest Department will accelerate the implementation of the "Na Haeo Model" to reforest a total area of 1.5 million rai across the following 13 provinces: Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Phayao, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Tak, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, and Loei.
Today, I joined Na Haeo District’s people in planting trees on the land of the community’s farmers. The NLPC granted these farmers the right to use the land and participate in the district’s land management project. The community was given 300,000 tree seedlings to plant in the NLPC-owned wetlands.
We all need to help with reforestation because it cannot be accomplished if the government does not receive cooperation from the public like in the Na Haeo District. I believe that with the collaboration of Thai people all over the country we will definitely be able to restore the forests for all of our sustainable lifestyles.
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