Team giving talk on environment to local community
Native trees mixed with palm
near KNC National Forest

Forest and Farming working together

Both agro forestry and permaculture are rooted in traditional Thai farming methods. It is only in recent years that rubber (originally from the Amazon) and then palm oil (from Costa Rica) were found to grow well in South East Asia. This combined with the growing demand for rubber and cheap oil caused an explosion in the number of monoculture plantations, which now dominate the landscape of Thailand and neighboring countries. Palm oil is found in over 43%* of UK supermarket products (even more in the US), from cosmetics and cakes to biofuel. These palm and rubber products which are largely produced for the western world are greatly responsible for the current rate of deforestation in South East Asia.

We believe that if these existing plantations were cultivated to become, at least in part, agro forest or permaculture plots they would be of substantially higher value to the eco system with much better biodiversity of plants or animals. Added to this would be the benefits improved flood protection, decreased soil erosion, less landslides and better climate control.

APE runs workshops for locals by experts in sustainable farming methods such as agro forestry or permaculture. There are also examples of agro forestry in Krabi which we encourage people to visit to get a better understanding of the practice and make more informed farming decisions. In the future APE hopes to set up a permaculture plot which will be a research project and open to visitors.

for more information on palm oil visit: Greenpeace    The Inpedendent