Thailand has integrated its economic development approach upon the basis of the “Bio-economy,” where the agricultural and food industry is one of the important sectors that will drive the country’s economic development forward while using the nation’s bio resources in a valuable way, and maintaining balance with the environment.
With this in mind, in 2016, the Company launched the “CPF Rak Ni-Ves Project” at Pasak watershed, Khao Phraya Doen Tong to conserve and restore a vital upstream forest. The Pasak watershed is a critical water source for agricultural and industrial sectors in five provinces: Loei, Petchabun, Lopburi, Saraburi, and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, and also serves as an important water source for our Feed, Farm, and Food businesses.
In 2018 results of the project revealed that the average survival rate of newly planted trees was at 90%, while the communities surrounding these forest areas had also received benefits from the ecosystem products that came with the restored forests. The Company continued to conserve this forest area and conduct engagement activities, including by constructing weirs to continuously humidify in the forest area, building a firebreak, reforesting the forest, and removing weeds to allow natural plant reproduction, on an the area of more than 5,971 rai (955hectares).
Furthermore, we collabourated with Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University to study the biodiversity in project area. The study results will be used as a baseline data for comparing to the change of biodiversity. We found 9 species of mammals, 119 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles and 15 species of amphibians and the diversity index of wildlife in the project area equal to biodiversity index of 3.297.
PROGRESS OF PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY PROJECTS