Restoring forests in Thailand is crucial for several reasons:
1. Biodiversity Conservation: Protects a rich variety of flora and fauna, including endangered species.
2. Climate Change Mitigation: Forests absorb carbon dioxide, helping to combat global warming.
3. Water and Soil Conservation: Forests maintain water quality, prevent soil erosion, and support agriculture.
4. Cultural Importance: Preserves the cultural and spiritual heritage of local communities.
5. Economic Benefits: Provides livelihoods through sustainable timber, non-timber products, and ecotourism.
6. Climate Adaptation: Enhances resilience against climate change impacts like floods and landslides.
In Northern Thailand, marginalized ethnic minorities, including refugees from Myanmar, face citizenship issues, leaving them vulnerable. These hilltribe farmers struggle with limited access to land and essential services. Our partner, Plant With Purpose, partners with them to teach regenerative farming and advocate for their rights.
Effective land management helps combat climate change and improves relationships with local authorities.
Plant With Purpose primarily collaborates with ethnic minorities in Northern Thailand, many of whom have been displaced from Myanmar, Laos, or Southern China. These communities often face uncertain legal status, making it challenging for them to secure employment, land ownership, or access essential services. As a part of our economic empowerment initiatives, Plant With Purpose assists participants in obtaining and solidifying their legal status.
Here are some key statistics: Our partner operates in three program watersheds, facilitating 55 savings groups, and engaging 729 participating families, benefiting a total of 2,843 individuals. Additionally, the organisation has formed partnerships with 68 churches and have planted an impressive 2,441,918 trees.