Thailand: 100 000 trees to reduce global warming


Objective: this project intends to plant 100,000 trees in 10 target areas in Thailand for global warming reduction and to create awareness about environmental diversity.

Thailand is home to one of the largest forests in southeast Asia, but today, Thailand's forests are also home to some of the most threatened species of flora and fauna. Deforestation has a serious impact on soil quality and quantity, and land degradation is also a major problem. More than 2.192 hectares of land have severe soil erosion.

To help stop the decline of Thailand's forests, the Foundation project will see the replanting of 100,000 trees in 10 provinces in all major regions stretching from the mountains to the sea. Alstom employees will take plant in the replanting. Sprout nurseries will also be created, as well as a curriculum developed to educate local populations on the environment.

At the end of August 2010,
  • 30,000 trees were planted, which was the target for the first year, as per the initial programme. The seedlings were a mix of the 30 species indigenous to the area
  • 4 nurseries have been opened, each of them with 2 full-time workers
  • The scope of the training  has been widened, to include not only children as initially proposed, but also adults of the local villages
  • Research work was postponed, as the data collection could not be carried out due to heavy rains in August

Beneficiaries: environment and endangered species

Duration: 18 months

Status: completed.

Sponsor: Nazir Rizk
Promoter: Thitiporn Onsawarng

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