In 2009, the MFLF, jointly with the Royal Initiative Discovery Foundation (RIDF) started reforestation work in three districts in Nan Province to restore catchment forests and at the same time develop the quality of life of villagers to give them greater stability and enable them to coexist with nature.
The project covered an area of 250,000 rai (40,000 hectares) in 20 villagers, four sub-districts in three districts, namely Song Khwae, Tha Wang Pha and Chalermprakiet. It was a scaling up of the Doi Tung reforestation model, providing a national model on watershed forest management.
This project began by building relationships with local communities on the basis of proper land management to create a stable and sustainable livelihood and income. Quick fix projects aimed at stabilizing the villagers’ income under the “Cultivating Forests, Cultivating People” principle of HRH Princess Srinagarindra included developing proper irrigation systems for utility purposes, developing agriculture and livestock opportunities, setting up a seed and livestock bank, as well as value-added processing. In the designated reforestation areas, 60% became watershed conservation forests, 8% utility forests for household consumption and use, 20% economic forests for commercial purposes, and 12% residential and agricultural use. Fire prevention measures were initiated and implemented by the local communities themselves.