|Planted trees :||
The Dhamma Rakhsa project (which means "nature is a remedy") gathers different initiatives of cooperatives, villages, monasteries, schools and associations of the North and the East of Thailand who spontaneously asked to join the project. It is fully part of the already existing culture of preserving the community forests throughout rural Thailand.
Photos credits: Pur Projet / Christian Lamontagne
Type: Community reforestation
Location: East of Thailand (Isan shelf) and north (Chiang Mai region)
Partner: cooperatives, villages, monasteries, schools and associations
Objectives: The people taking part in this project aim in priority at reforesting and maintaining their community forests, then, at a later stage, at a possible development of agroforestry models combining forestry and rice cultivation.
Nam Om Cooperative
Nam Om is one of the project’s partner cooperative. Small-scale producers of different villages of north-east Thailand gathered in 1999 to increase their revenues. They decided to launch organic rice fields, to be Fair Trade certified, searching for the best prices and vary their activities with the implementation of a natural fertilizer industry and the development of different activities for women.
In 2010, they spontaneously offered their participation to Pur Projet’s activities, to plant trees, in particular on community fields where eucalyptus had been planted for monoculture in the framework of a governmental program. Producers, opposed to the introduction of invasive and non-native species like eucalyptus, wished to remove those, of which they have no use, to the benefit of native and diversified species participating to the local biodiversity (Yang Na, Padauk birman, Neem...).