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Doi Mae Salong Project

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand


  • 8 tree nurseries
  • 300 ral forest restoration
  • 10 ral demo plot/study tour
  • Increase sustainable Ilvellhoods

Project Overview

The project is funded through a grant from the Waterloo Foundation in the UK to PATT. The project is a partnership between PATT, IUCN, and FORRU who will assist Thailand’s Supreme Command Office (SCO) in the sustainable implementation and management of the restoration of degraded forest in the Doi Mae Salong area of Chiang Rai in Thailand’s far north. 48,000 trees have been planted for this project. The IUCN will work with FORRU on restoration research methods whose findings will be recommendations of forest restoration strategies to form the basis for future work in local communities. IUCN has also worked with PATT to implement tree nurseries throughout 8 communities. These nurseries facilitate propagation of seedlings to support the project. In addition, nursery training is established for local people in order to build capacity with regard to sustainable forest management at a local level.

Project Details

The proposed area identified is Doi Mae Salong area north west of Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand. It is evergreen forest in seasonally dry tropical forestlands and located approximately 1300 – 1800 metres above sea level. The Doi Mae Salong reforestation project is guided by the Landscapes and Livelihoods Strategy (LLS), and pursues a policy of “adaptive management,” that focuses on poverty alleviation through resource enhancement. In Doi Mae Salong, the IUCN seeks to support forest restoration in a way that is most beneficial to the people, as well as working towards creating a functioning and self-regenerating ecosystem. It is not about restoring the forest land to replicate a primary forest; it is redesigning forest land to make it more resilient and useful for human utilization.

The LLS‘s target group is the poor and aims to make their voices heard, as well as other stakeholders. Therefore, the IUCN believes that sustainable resource management is best achieved by using an inclusive approach. It is crucial that the local people are involved in all levels of the decision making so that the recreated forest is in a sense, theirs, and a symbol of their efforts. In the end, it is their lives that will rely on what resources the forest can offer, and it is in their best interest to maintain healthy and dynamic array of biodiversity within the forest.

The long term objective of this project is to promote an integrated approach to natural resource management (NRM) and restore forest that will favor equitable access benefits to communities in a sustainable manner and to increase income to poor households at pilot sites through the sustainable use of forest products and alternative livelihoods. Specifically, we plan to accomplish this through:

Establishment of a 10 rai forest restoration demonstration plot using the Framwork Species Method as a learning site for local people and concerned agencies. Update: This was planted in June/July 2008 and is now taken care of by community groups and the Tambon Administration Organization (local government).

Plant at least 30,000 trees while supporting the Supreme Commander’s Office through education training and adaptive management practices. Update: 48,000 trees were planted and this is now in the maintenance stage handled by the community, SCO and TAO.

On-site training in nursery management and tree propagation (how to grow trees) for the 8 schools and communities hosting nurseries. Update: These are now functional and producing seedlings so community groups and school children are able to produce their own stock of forest and fruit trees.

Study tour for community leaders and forum event to establishment a community network among ethnic groups in forest landscape restoration. Update: 40 local leaders participated actively and has led to improvement of the community’s knowledge and decision making.

Farm trial on forest-friendly practices for income generation. 2 Rai of bamboo, rattan and coffee were planted in small demonstration plots as a testing and learning site.

Impact & Monitoring:

5,000 families, from 6 different ethnic groups in 10 communities of the Doi Mae Salong, Mae Fah Luang and Mae Chan Districts in Chiang rai will be reached by this project. We will apply IUCN‘s monitoring and evaluation system as an internal mechanism. We will use a multi-stakeholder committee and community forum to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the project.

This project is supported by: