Tree Planting Forum - Opening Ceremony
Date: September 12, Saturday, 2009, 10:00-15:00
Place: The Sirindhorn International Environmental Park under
the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
(Cha-am, Petchaburi Province)
Tree planting programs in the second phase were started at the Opening Ceremony held at the Energy for Environment Center of the Sirindhorn International Environmental Park (Cha-am, Petchaburi Province), with attendance of 200 guests including VIPs from the United Nations, the central and local governments and local communities.
Speeches by representatives of organizers
Dr. Young-Woo Park
Regional Director and Representative, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP)
"UNEP is particularly appreciative and deeply honored by the support of Her Royal Highness in promoting tree planting activities in Thailand. The Billion Tree campaign not only focuses on tree planting, but also seeks to highlight the importance of voluntary action by all sectors of society to address issues such as climate change, air quality and water, among others.
The environment is everybody’s responsibility and that every action counts in encapsulated in this campaign. We all can make a difference, and our hope is that the planting of a tree will be the first in the string of measures we all take in protecting our environment. UNEP is proud to be a partner in this initiative and also help to raise awareness of the importance of trees in Thailand."
Dr. Sumet Tantivetchakul
Chairman, Sirindhorn International Environmental Park Foundation under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
"With great royal kindness of Princess Sirindhorn, this tree planting project was officially launched on 19 July 2008 by royal planting ceremony. The tree planting is one of the royal duties for environmental conservation that the Princess has been interested.
The consecutive tree planting activities aim to honour Princess Sirindhorn as well as to enhance the rehabilitation of the forest ecosystem of the Park back to its original stage and to be further in other extended areas in Petchaburi province with corporation of all great partners and supporters and tree planting participation of monks, schoolchildren, students, local communities, Thai citizen and representatives from state and private sectors.
I hope that the campaign throughout the country in the following years will achieve the goals which are precious awards for us who all share a common commitment towards preserving a sustainable planet and sustainable future for next generations."
Mrs. Rachanee Emaruchi
Deputy Director General, Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP), Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (DEQP)
"Forests are not only sources of community incomes, but also the natural air filter and a habitat of flora and fauna. Since rapid development of our country, the massive over exploitation and deterioration of natural resources from human being have an effect on the balance of global environment today.
In Thailand, our forest has been continuing to decrease in the past over 3 decades which its consequences have affected to the various aspect of environment including other deterioration of natural resources, as well as economy and communities. Recently, we have experiences disasters for example drought, flooding and landslide.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment have put efforts and raised this issue to the top priority to mitigate and solve these incidents in order to restore the balances to the nature and the quality of life. We realize that all concerned agencies have to work in collaborate to achieve this goal."
Dr. Nathanon Thavisin
Special Advisor of FGPE
(Former Permanent Secretary of Bangkok Metropolitan Agency)
"Forests in Thailand have been decreasing rapidly in the past several decades. Trees are important sources of timber, food, fuel wood, fodder, essential oils, medicines and shade. Forests are the very source of water, rich soil and oxygen, and the center of ecosystem. Also, forests absorb a huge amount of carbon dioxide. It means that tree planting is one of the best ways to prevent climate change, the most serious global issue we are facing now.
The campaign aims to preserve rich forests for future generations and promote public awareness of the importance of tree planting among schools and communities throughout Thailand. It is our hope that this special tree planting campaign is encouraging both Thai and Japanese people to move in to play an important role together to nurture “Forests for the Future”, in order to protect our precious planet for future generations."
Welcome Greetings by H.E. Mr. Chai Panichpornpan, Petchaburi Provincial Governor.
Representatives of local school students gave a pledge for participation in the tree planting project after dance performance.
Presentation of appreciating plaques from UNEP, SIEPF and FGPE to representatives of the special sponsors of Hitachi Group (left) and Kao Group (right).
(Left) Priests representing the local temples participating in the tree planting project.
(Right and below) representatives of Organizers of UNEP, SIEPF, FGPE and sponsoring companies.
Tree planting activities by 500 participants
After the opening ceremony, 500 participants from local schools and communities together with VIPs and staff members of the special sponsors planted seedlings such as “Pho Thalay” at the planting sites of ridges of the mangrove forests in The Sirindhorn International Environmental Park.
Dr. Young-Woo Park, Regional Director and Representative of UNEP/ROAP
Mr. Toshio Toda, Managing Director of Hitachi Asia Ltd., Mr. Kazuo Karasawa, Managing Director of Hitachi Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Mr. Toshiya Hasemi, Managing Director of Hitachi Construction Machinery (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
(From right) Khungying Dr. Nathanon Tavisin, Special Advisor of FGPE, Ms. Rachanee Emaruchi, Deputy Director General of DEQP and Prof. Dr. Sanit Aksornkaew, President of Thai Environment Institute / Chairman of the Tree Planting Committee of SIEP.
Mr. Minoru Tokita, President & CEO of Kao Commercial (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and Ms. Minako Shimada, Vice President of Corporate Communication Division of Kao Corporation, and other members of Kao Group, with the seedling planted by HRH Princess Sirindhorn at the opening ceremony in July 2008.
Tomoko Yano, Secretary General of FGPE, presented Certificates of Participation (right) to local school students.
Continuous tree planting activities (2009-2010)
After the Tree Planting Forum at The Sirindhorn International Environmental Park, continuous tree planting activities are organized one by one at each tree planting site at 9 schools and 6 temples in Petchaburi Province.
Public Awareness Campaign