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Thailand's Forests

45 years ago over 60% of Thailand's land area was forest, now just 15% remains. After terrible flooding, caused in part by deforestation, a ban on logging was passed in 1989, but land clearing still continues at a rapid rate today. Globally 222 rai (90 acres) of forest is destroyed every minute!

The world's forests need to be seen for the amazing resource they are, they store carbon, support life, clean the atmosphere and feed it with moisture and act as a natural thermostat regulating our climate. But forests are often only valued for the land they stand on and the timber they contain and are being decimated by short sighted governments, multi nationals and land owners at the alarming rate of 319,000 rai (129,000 acres) every day. Incredibly forest burning from logging and land clearing has now become the second largest global emitter of harmful CO2 gases.

Deforestation has been held partly accountable for some of the worst flooding in Thailand. When rain water, previously caught by the forests, flows directly into river systems it can break their banks causing massive floods, added to this loss of forest creates barren landscapes prone to soil erosion. which can cause devastating landslides.

Rainforest is vital because it...

  • Is home to more than half the world's plant and animal species.
  • Generates oxygen and stores carbon dioxide, cleaning pollution from the air and helping prevent climate change.
  • Helps maintain global and local water supplies.
  • Recycles water creating essential rainfall.
  • Has undiscovered plants species from which scientists will invent new medicines.
  • Prevents soil erosion and improves soil fertility.
  • Helps control flood levels.
  • If managed well can provide communities with sustainable economic benefits.

The forest provides numerous unseen benefits and services to us.
We are only just starting to realise the true cost of destroying it.

Projects

Local education community project

FORRU plant station

The Plant Station in Krabi is currently home to 20,000 plant and tree species. The team restore wildlife habitat and forest that have been destroyed to create palm oil and rubber plantations. APE are helping them to share their knowledge within the community and are part of a team working to generate sustainable funding for them. read more

Eco-tourism community project in Thailand

Sustainable farming

Through agroforestry and permaculture we can increase the ecological benefit of existing land and provide green corridors for insects, birds and animals. APE runs workshops by experts, so that local people can make informed decisions about how they farm. read more