On the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 85th birthday anniversary, 12 August 2017, several agencies have joined hands in planting trees to increase green areas and raise public awareness of natural resource and environmental conservation.
The reforestation program is in response to the wishes of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, who has been widely appreciated for her great contribution to the conservation of natural resources, especially forests.
Her Majesty the Queen has been striving for the preservation of forests since her early days as Queen of Thailand. She called on the Government to issue effective measures to stop deforestation. For the good of future generations, Her Majesty urged everyone to preserve forests to ensure enough water supplies in the long run.
Sharing His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s concern over the destruction of the natural environment, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit set herself the task of reversing the destructive trend with water conservation to rehabilitate denuded forest areas.
With her broad vision, Her Majesty initiated several programs to rehabilitate forest areas. Among them is the "Pa Rak Nam – Forests Love Water” project, which has been carried out following several approaches. For instance, communities have been created to guard replanted forests, and areas have been allocated to landless people, who are made forest rangers.
She also lent support to various forest preservation and reforestation projects, such as Ban Lek Nai Pa Yai, or Small Houses in the Big Forest. Another project under her initiative is the return of flora and wild animals to their natural habitats.
These projects also help preserve wild animals and plants, especially those in danger of extinction, based on the belief that humans and forests must be able to live together without destruction.
Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Queen of King Rama IX, received international acclaim for her outstanding work in natural resource and environmental protection. Recognized as one of the world’s leading conservationists, Her Majesty received the certificate "Distinguished Conservationist – Forestry and Wildlife” from the World Wildlife Fund in 1986 for her work in conservation.
Her efforts have improved the living conditions of the people in rural remote areas and also raised public awareness of preserving the natural world.