The Phuket happiness development club organized a tree planting Bang Kanoon Forest in Thalang during November 2011.
Belonging to the Ministry of Natural Resources & Envirnoment (MNRE) ten happiness members planted 28 hardwood treas including Teak
The area is 4,850 rai of which as much as 20% had been encroached upon, but is now being rehabilitated from illegal rubber planting… they organize it two to three times a year with supporting ecotourism expected in 2012.
Picture tells a thousand words.
NEW DEFORESTATION REPORT
Risk analysis company Maplecroft compiled an index of 180 countries & deforestation… days before the start of the Durban climate change talks,
13.7mn hectares a year being cut down… about the size of Greece…
Worst: Nigeria ( losing 2mn hectares a year), Indonesia (16 times Singapore a year)& North Korea have the highest rates
China & US have the lowest… however despite Chinas protection and replanting it was driving deforestation elsewhere..mostly US/Canada, plus illegal from Brazil, Cambodia..
Brazil has new laws pending but still is losing over 2mn hectares a year, same as Nigeria
Australia at 10th, is high risk, India Vietnam and Spain all low risk
Trees & Life
Oxygen, Forests create oxygen, our life blood
Trees sequester CO2, which means they soak up and lock away large amounts of CO2, acting as a brake on climate change
Deforesting is disrupting this cycle and accounts for as much as 10% of mankinds annual greenhouse gas pollution.
200 gigatons over 100 years
Trees & Diversity
2/3 rd of our species live in forests
They cover 25% of the earths surface
Reduced by 50% since pre agricultural times
Forests are younger, smaller and less diverse
Losing 130,000 sq km every year
20% of subtropical forests have gone since 1960s
Indonesia, losing 20,000 sqkm per year
Forest cover down 50% since 1985
70% is illegal.
ACTION: in May they bagan a 2 year moratorium on new licenses, and monitor through satellite
Increasing forest fires, forests are drier, climate change changing seasons, Brazil fires +50% on a decade
Forests of Kalimantan and Sumatra almost gone
Trees & Floods
Retain and filter water, with forecast loss in south asia of 30-60% within next decade, on top of heavy losses already
No forest, no biodiversity, no water
Trees & Fuel
Fuelwood accounts for 50% of tree loss, biomass energy use
2Bn people rely of fuelwood, or about 30% of total global energy demand
Trees & extinction
10% of all tree species are facing extinction
Trees and Phuket National Parks:
Sirinarth National Park
nai yang and mai khao beaches
Khao Praeh National Park
Khao sok and Phang Nga
North of Phuket 2 hours
With good forests and natural filters water quality is sustained:
1/3rd of the world will face water shortages by 2020. India/bangaladesh/pakistan
2100 rise 1m
Flooding 1/3rd of the worlds population that live within 100km of the shore
Over 50 percent of all water projects fail and less than five percent of projects are visited, and far less than one percent have any longer-term monitoring. (10)
Investment in safe drinking water and sanitation contributes to economic growth. For each $1 invested, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates returns of $3 – $34, depending on the region and technology.(14)
Almost two in every three people who need safe drinking water survive on less than $2 a day and one in three on less than $1 a day. (1)
Households, not public agencies, often make the largest investment in basic sanitation, with the ratio of household to government investment typically 10 to 1. (15)
Investment in drinking-water and sanitation would result in 272 million more school attendance days a year. The value of deaths averted, based on discounted future earnings, would amount to US$ 3.6 billion a year.(15)
Thanks to water.org which is a fantastic source for all things water…..