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2024 PWA Father’s Land Project: Honoring King Bhumibol Adulyadej with Sustainable Forest Conservation

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The Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) has unveiled the 2024 PWA Father’s Land Project, a heartfelt initiative to honor His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great. On a vibrant Friday morning, 7 June 2024, the scenic village of Ban Pa Sakngam in Luang Nuea, Doi Saket, Chiang Mai, was abuzz with activity and excitement.

Chakapong Kamchan, the Deputy Governor (Operation 2) and current acting Governor, passionately shared, “In line with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great’s unwavering dedication to forest conservation, the PWA is fervently advancing the Father’s Land project through the Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) framework at Ban Pa Sakngam, Luang Nuea, Chiang Mai. Beyond simply planting more trees to expand the local forest, this endeavor plays a critical role in restoring ecosystem balance.”

Imagine walking through lush green landscapes where the hum of bees is a sweet symphony of nature. Yes, this project also encourages apiculture farming, focusing on proliferating bees and stingless bees to boost the production of wild honey. This not only represents an ecological triumph but also offers the community an opportunity to generate income through honey harvesting. Talk about a buzz-worthy project!

To make it even more appealing, the initiative includes the construction of weirs, which strategically increase forest humidity. These weirs aid in water interception and evapotranspiration, ensuring that locals can reap the benefits of a healthier, sustainable environment. It’s a harmonious blend of nature’s bounty and human ingenuity, fostering community involvement and sustainable forest preservation.

Of course, PWA isn’t going at this alone. They’ve forged powerful collaborations with a plethora of esteemed organizations. The Biodiversity-Based Economy Development Office (Public Organization), the Chief of Ban Pa Sakngam and Luang Nuea community, Luang Nuea Sub-District Administration Organisation, Doi Saket Forest Protection and Preservation Unit under the Huai Hong Krai Royal Development Study Center, and Pakhunmaekuang Royal Development Project are all key players in this green crusade. It’s a joint effort that promises to amplify the project’s impact on local and global stages.

Moreover, 234 PWA offices across Thailand have been designated to plant trees. Whether it’s around the offices, water production plants, or water filter stations, the aim is to proliferate green spaces. These collective efforts are significant steps toward combating climate change and sustaining natural resources. The initiative, which also enhances biodiversity, is a shining example of community and organizational synergy in shaping a sustainable environment.

A representative from PWA remarked, “This marks a significant milestone in our relentless pursuit of combating climate change and the depletion of natural resources. By increasing water abundance and supporting forest growth alongside biodiversity enhancement, we are forging a powerful commitment with our network partners and the Ban Pa Sakngam community to foster a sustainable environment.”

In essence, the 2024 PWA Father’s Land Project is not just a tree-planting campaign but a far-reaching vision of ecological balance, community prosperity, and collective harmony with nature. Through this initiative, every tree planted, every bee sustained, and every drop of water conserved, is a step towards securing a greener, healthier planet for generations to come.


  1. Emily B June 11, 2024

    This project sounds fantastic! Finally, an initiative that addresses both environmental and economic issues simultaneously.

    • TommyG June 11, 2024

      Totally agree, Emily. But are we really sure the local community will benefit from this? Sometimes these projects look good on paper but don’t deliver.

      • Emily B June 11, 2024

        That’s a valid point, Tommy. I hope the organizations involved ensure fair benefits for the locals.

      • EcoWarrior22 June 11, 2024

        PWA has a good track record. Plus, the involvement of local communities suggests sustainability.

    • Joanna June 11, 2024

      Socio-economic benefits aside, this is a win for biodiversity. Don’t you think?

      • TommyG June 11, 2024

        True, Joanna. But let’s not forget, proper implementation is key.

        • Emily B June 11, 2024

          Amen to that. Implementation and follow-up are crucial.

  2. grower134 June 11, 2024

    I’m skeptical about the effectiveness of these weirs. Will they really help with forest humidity?

    • Joe June 11, 2024

      Weirs work if constructed properly and maintained. In many projects, they’ve been quite effective.

      • Larry D June 11, 2024

        Joe’s right. I’ve seen successful examples in other regions. Persistence and proper management are the keys.

        • grower134 June 11, 2024

          I guess the proof will be in the results. Fingers crossed.

  3. Sarah June 11, 2024

    The mention of beekeeping is intriguing. Could this project actually bolster local economies?

    • EcoBunny June 11, 2024

      Absolutely, Sarah! Bees are crucial for the ecosystem. Plus, honey production can be very lucrative.

      • John Doyle June 11, 2024

        True, but let’s hope they use sustainable apiculture practices. Overfarming can harm bee populations.

        • Sarah June 11, 2024

          Good point, John. Sustainable methods are paramount for long-term success.

    • plantlover87 June 11, 2024

      Honey farming is great, but shouldn’t we be more concerned about the overall forest conservation?

  4. Larry Davis June 11, 2024

    King Bhumibol’s vision continues to inspire. This project reflects his dedication to environmental conservation beautifully.

    • Diane June 11, 2024

      Indeed, Larry. His legacy in environmental conservation is unparalleled. It’s heartening to see it carried forward.

    • Mark T. June 11, 2024

      While the sentiment is great, what about the other pressing issues? Are we putting too much emphasis on symbolic gestures?

      • Larry Davis June 11, 2024

        Mark, addressing one problem doesn’t mean ignoring others. Starting somewhere is better than not starting at all.

        • EcoBunny June 11, 2024

          Exactly, Larry. Every small step counts in the bigger picture of sustainability.

  5. grower134 June 11, 2024

    What happens if the PES framework fails? Will these communities be worse off?

    • TommyG June 11, 2024

      That’s a valid concern. Many projects fail without proper support structures.

      • Larry Davis June 11, 2024

        That’s why continuous monitoring and adaptation are essential. Learning from mistakes can help improve future projects.

  6. Joanna June 11, 2024

    Also, let’s not forget about the climate change impact. This project is a step in the right direction.

  7. Joe June 11, 2024

    Interesting how local and global efforts are merging. Could this be a model for other countries?

    • plantlover87 June 11, 2024

      If successful, definitely. It’s a scalable model, provided local nuances are addressed.

  8. John June 11, 2024

    The multi-organization collaboration sounds promising. Greater impact through combined efforts, I’d say.

  9. Diane June 11, 2024

    I worry about long-term sustainability. Will the agencies involved give ongoing support?

    • Mark T. June 11, 2024

      Diane, if the community sees the benefits, they’re more likely to sustain the efforts themselves. But initial support is crucial.

      • Diane June 11, 2024

        That’s the hope. Community buy-in will make or break this project.

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