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Building multi-stakeholder partnership (MSP) for forest restoration and food system transformation.

09 September 2022

World Wide Fund for Nature Thailand (WWF Thailand) attended a meeting to move forwards collaborative partnerships and their co-created solution model to solve environmental and socio-economic issues related to forest encroachment, unsustainable agricultural, and livelihood practices in watershed areas.

 Bald mountains caused by encroachment of watersheds class 1,2 for monoculture agriculture ©Jittrapon Kaicome for WWF Thailand

This meeting was held prior to the signing of a future planned memorandum of understanding (MoU), for all parties to exchange ideas on the action plan, and to agree upon the goals, objectives, and contributions relating to the framework under the MoU.

Through this partnership, Thaicom PLC. becomes the latest major and key partner to the project. They bring decades of experience and resources in the information technology sector, importantly satellite technologies/imaging to conduct monitoring and evaluation of the project sites. This includes the ability to better measure carbon storage capabilities of the area to further demonstrate the success of the FLR349 model. As indicated in the agreement, the project aims to expand to 368,000 hectares (2.3 million rai) around the country within 10 years. Due to the amount of area covered, satellite imaging becomes especially crucial.

In attendance for the meeting, key representatives include

  • Mr. Sakda Maneewong, Administrative Director of the Forest Resource Management Office No.1 (Chiang Mai), Royal Forest Department (RFD).

  • Mr. Rattapat Srichanklad, Director of Thai Organic Agriculture Innovation Foundation (TOF)

  • Mr. Ply Pirom, Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Project Manager, WWF Thailand

  • Mr. Prachliur Pinkarn, Head of Sustainable Development – Operation, Central Group (CG) 

  • Ms. Kuntima Sarika, Senior Vice President, Thaicom PLC.

© WWF Thailand

The MSP agreed on the objectives to contribute to the current and future of food security, and the wellbeing of smallholder farmers while increasing forest restoration, preserving farmland biodiversity, and limiting the adverse effects on the environment. In particular, the draft MoU include specific framework objectives as below 

  1. Create incentives for the private sector to adopt sustainable and ecofriendly production practices as a way to promote and support initiatives to converse water and soil. The result of which would be improved livelihoods for farmers in the project area
  2. Build cooperation between the public sector, the social sector, retail sector, and the information technology sector to drive sustainable development by supporting smallholder farmers in shifting away from agrochemical intensive monoculture towards agroecological practices for sustainable agriculture, such as ‘nature balanced agriculture (NBA)’. The cooperation also aims at creating a strong economic foundation through FLR349 model where local food systems and value chains connecting consumers around the country are developed.
  3. Enable smallholder farmers to gain sustainable livelihoods and conduct agricultural practices on the land situated in watershed forest class 1,2 through developing the value chain into a model that motivates farmers for the transition that leads to the improvement of well-being, resilience, ecosystems, and food security.  

 Smallholder farmer part of the project who is transitioning from monoculture agriculture towards nature balanced agriculture ©Jittrapon Kaicome for WWF Thailand

 Project area where nature balanced agriculture has been applied ©Jittrapon Kaicome for WWF Thailand

As part of the agreement, the Royal Forest Department (RFD) will implement their measures for conservation of soil, water and forest, the forest resource management plan, and to facilitate operations for the partnering organizations, including on providing expertise on government policies and strategies.

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Abhinand Aryapratheep