During the last several decades of rapid economic development, infrastructure building, population growth, etc. Thailand’s natural resources have been degraded. Local people and communities normally are dependent on natural resources for their wellbeing, particularly where poverty levels are high. WWF recognizes the importance of poverty-related aspects to conservation and needs to promote sustainable development in balancing between nature conservation and human well-being.
Who is WWF?
WWF- World Wild Fund For Nature is a non-profit organization with the mission of working to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and nature. WWF works to protect our natural resources - oceans, land, and wildlife - so we can continue to benefit from food, climate, and freshwater.
Forests provide a vast array of resources to all of us, including food, wood, medicine, freshwater, and the air we breathe. Hence, we must conserve the world's most important forests to sustain nature's diversity, benefit our climate, and support human well-being. According to Forest Resource Assessment (FRA), in 1990, forests made up 31.6 percent of the word's land area (4,128 million hectares), this has changed to 30.6 percent (3,999 million hectares) in 2015, while the bulk (93 %) of the world's forest area is natural forest and 7% is planted forest.
Why does it matter?
In the world today, an estimated 18 million acres (7.3 million hectares) of the forest, which is roughly the size of the country of Panama, are lost each year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This is an astounding figure and is equivalent to approximately 50 football pitches being removed every minute.
In Thailand in the year 2016, there was approximately 30 % of the land area covered by forest at an area of 15.2 million hectares. This forest area covered all forest types including swamp forest, degraded forest, and areas reforested. Without the trees, the ecosystem that supports the human population can fall apart.
In response to these threats to the forests of Thailand, the Forest Resources Management Unit (FRMU) of WWF Thailand aims to mobilize national policies, to enhance the conservation practices, of Thailand's forest resources, and Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) for production forests.
The FRMU will work with all stakeholders and partners to strengthen and improve management and planning for the terrestrial Protected Area system, promote sustainable management and utilization of production forests, and will explore ways to reverse the loss and degradation of forests to restore their ecological, economic, and social roles and functions.
Besides, there are projects in Thailand being implemented in five areas that aim to:
Promote sustainable water management in Mea Wong district, Nakornsawan;
Promote Sri Sawat area, Kanchanaburi as an ecological corridor for wildlife habitat and engage with local people in conservation;
Support indigenous people in Lai Wo sub-district, Kanchanaburi to revive their traditional wisdom and knowledge on sustainable agriculture and living pattern;
Promote eco-tourism run by local communities in Kuiburi national park to reduce human and elephant conflict and increase their engagement in conservation, and
Build capacity for communities for sustainable water and wetlands management at Nong Han lake, Sakonnakorn that provides tangible benefits to the ecosystem and the resources.
RHINOZ International is doing its part to make changes to this world by making a continuous donation to support WWF-Thailand's activities. We do not want to pass the next generation a planet that has limited green area to absorb carbon, a planet that children have to know species from books because many species have extincted.
Together is possible! We can strengthen the capacity of local communities to exercise their rights, influencing decisions and equitably receiving benefits from natural resources, and contributing to the sustainable management of key ecosystems and habitats.
We will pass a beautiful planet to our next generation.
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