1 October 2020, Bangkok – “Forest for Life” by THE FORESTIAS by MQDC has presented Bangkok with 300,000 seedlings
1 October 2020, Bangkok – “Forest for Life” by THE FORESTIAS by MQDC has presented Bangkok with 300,000 seedlings, grown under the initiative to expand green space and help underprivileged communities during the COVID-19 crisis.
“Forest for Life” started at Wat Thung Hiang and Ban Amphur. The seedlings these communities have raised over 90 days are now ready to deliver to help Bangkok become a “Green City”, enhancing its quality of life and environment. The Governor of Bangkok presided over the reception of the seedlings at Rattanakosin Room in City Hall.
Police General Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, said that Bangkok currently has 8,557 parks and gardens, covering about 40 sq. km., so that green area per inhabitant totals 7.05 sq.m. Bangkok aims to achieve the World Health Organization (WHO) standard of 9 sq.m./person by adding 750 rai, requiring a lot of trees.
Mr. Kittiphun Ouiyamaphun, Senior Vice President of MQDC, said: “‘Forest for Life’ aims to increase green areas to help make Bangkok a 'Green City'.
“The project has so far planted over 700,000 trees, helping communities by providing 15,000 baht each to 604 families each month. About 10 million baht has been allocated, aiming to help 1,000 families with a total investment of 15 million baht by the end of 2020.”
“Forest for Life” was initiated by The Forestias by MQDC with Buddharaksa Foundation and The Givers Network. The initiative launched its first project at Thung Hiang Temple in Chonburi province on 14 May 2020.
Inspired by “The Forestias”, the development to create a city in a forest at Bangna, the program focuses on showing people the importance of adding green space and helping communities by recruiting them to tend seedlings to expand forest.
Plants include shrubs and valuable trees such as teak, mahogany, and rosewood as well as easy-to-grow herbs and vegetables that households can eat or sell. The project teaches market gardening with trainers from the Royal Forest Department, opening up sustainable careers.
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