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Forest Restoration And Reforestation

A primary aim of PATT Foundation is to address the issue of deforestation and habitat degradation. To do so we have implemented a number of reforestation projects throughout Asia and also further afield. The term reforestation can include several kinds of forest re-establishment such as plantations, agro forestry community forestry and forest restoration. The majority of PATT’s reforestation work is centered around Forest Restoration with the clear aim of re-establishing the original forest ecosystem that was present before the deforestation occurred. This provides the greatest benefit to the environment in terms of increasing the diversity of flora and fauna of the degraded site.

Tree planting sites in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand


View Khao Yai tree planting sites (Till 2013) in a larger map

In addition to projects centered around pure forest restoration, PATT also implements Community Forest projects, these projects are particularly suited to developing countries where there remains a need for communities to utilise the forest in some way. Community forests still provide a significant benefit to local biodiversity whilst allowing the traditional use of forest resources by local people. PATT ensures such forest use is undertaken in a sustainable manner and incorporates training and workshops for correct forest management into any project plan.

Saving the Planet...One Tree at a Time

While not a primary aim of PATT’s reforestation work we do acknowledge that agro forestry does have a valid place within reforestation projects. In particular agro-forestry can be successfully integrated into a habitat restoration strategy that aims to address the environmental needs of a degraded landscape and also the social needs of those living in such a landscape.

PATT does not implement mono-culture ‘plantation style’ reforestation as they do not address the foundation’s primary aims.

Featured Current Projects

Quality Seedlings

Khao Yai, Thailand

Located within the region of Thailand’s oldest national park this forest restoration project aims to redress the issue of forest degradation within and adjacent to the national park. A native tree nursery and educational centre has been established.

   
Contrast of Concrete to Green Area

Phapradaeng, Thailand

Often called the ‘lungs of Bangkok’ this community forest project aims to re-establish ecologically diverse forest within an area previously used for agriculture. As one of the last remaining natural area within Bangkok this site is incredibly valuable as it increases wildlife habitat, improves water and air quality and also acts as an educational resource for city kids (and adults).

   
Contrast of Concrete to Green Area

Bang Pu, Thailand

At the moment, mangroves are one of the world’s most threatened habitats, more than half the world’s mangrove forests have already been destroyed. Less than 1% of the remaining mangrove forests have any form of protection. Mangroves once covered more than 3/4 of the tropical coastline, but is now a habitat threatened with extinction. The aim of the project is to regenerate an ecologically damaged area through mangrove reforestation and conservation.

   
Contrast of Concrete to Green Area

Trat Community Forest, Thailand

PATT Foundation highlighted a need to habitat restoration and Environmental education within this area, to hopefully expand the areas of native forest and reverse the current trend of habitat degradation. Additional social benefits from this project include providing employment opportunities for local people.

   
Quality Seedlings

Ratchaburi, Thailand

Despite large areas natural habitat in Ratchaburi there is still a need to protect and expand the extent of forest cover within the area. Also it is essential local communities maintain a connection with the forest and see a benefit in preserving such a resource. A successful way of achieving both habitat restoration and improving community connection/management of forests is through the establishment of community forests.

   
Quality Seedlings

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Located in the Chiang Mai region of northern Thailand, this project aims to replant approximately 180 acres of forest land, 200000 trees annually over the next decade.

   
Degraded Forest

Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia

PATT is working with the Balinese Provincial Department for Forestry to restore degraded areas within Bali Barat National Park. This area is one of the few surviving rainforest ecosystems on the island and is home to some of Bali’s endemic wildlife.

   

Featured Previous Projects

Gibbons need habitat

Phetchaburi Province, Thailand

PATT Foundation undertook a forest restoration project at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Phetchaburi province, Thailand from 2007-2009. The main aim of the project is to restore the native forest to be used as a gibbon rehabilitation area providing quasi-natural conditions in the last step before the animals are released back into the wild.

   
Forest Research

Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand

The PATT Foundation worked with the Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU) from Chiang Mai University in northern Thailand to replant a 20 rai (3.2 HA) plot. The site located in the upper Mae Sa valley watershed area in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park required replanting due to degradation and fire damage.

   
Landscapes and Livelihoods

Doi Mae Salong, Thailand

Working with IUCN, Chiang Mai University, and the Royal Thai Army, this project is part of the “landscapes and livelihoods” initiative within the northern part of Thailand. The project is a combination of ‘pure’ forest restoration and agro-forestry. This approach is successfully addressing the need for habitat restoration and social development within northern Thailand.