World Tree Trust’s current project is in collaboration with The Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU-CMU www.forru.org). The team comprise a small group of ecologists and research students in the Science Faculty of Chiang Mai University, N. Thailand, who carry out research to develop efficient methods to restore tropical forest ecosystems for biodiversity conservation, environmental protection and carbon storage.
We have provided some initial interim funding to assist FORRU in support of their community tree nursery at Ban Bang Tieow, Amphur Khlong Thom, Krabi Province, to provide a supply 20,000 native forest trees to local tree planting projects to restore the highly endangered habitat of lowland rain forest in southern Thailand. This is now fully funded through 2014-15.
We are seeking to raise funds of £25,000 to fund a project in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand; comprising FORRU’s research nursery located at the former HQ compound of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and was originally establish in 1994 in collaboration with the national park authority.
Should we be successful in raising these funds, this will enable:
- Provision of 25,000 seedlings annually of proven framework tree species to restore many acres of nationally important watershed sites.
- A project format of local collaboration and stewardship. This project is the first in this format that WTT hope to develop internationally.
- A tree nursery maintained, specializing in the production of native forest tree species, of proven effectiveness in restoring critical watersheds in national parks etc.
- A proven and reliable team of researchers and seedling nursery managers providing exceptional value for money.
- WTT overheads and costs are per-funded for this project so all donations go direct to local fulfillment.
- Managed locally by an established group of specialists of proven track record, working within Chiang Mai University
- Monies will be paid to the local supplier monthly and subject to meeting agreed targets.
If funding is not provided, there is a real risk of losing this valuable local resource, the restoration of significant areas of rainforest as well as the development of valuable research that makes forest restoration more practicable.
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