1 June 2020, Chon Buri – The Forestias by MQDC, led by Mr. Kittiphun Ouiyamaphun, a Senior Vice President of MQDC, is moving ahead with “Forest for Life” to expand green space in Thailand and develop market gardening skills for sustainable livelihoods, presenting 144,000 seedlings as well as THB15, 000 per family at Ban Amphur, the project’s second community after the Thung Heang pilot project at Chon Buri.
At a ceremony, 144,000 seedlings were given to 120 households in Baan Amphur, the second community in the project’s first phase. The initiative aims to help 1,000 families in 2 stages, each of 600,000 plants and 500 people, to grow 1.2 million saplings.
Families in Ban Amphur will tend the seedlings for about 90 days or 3 months, with a monthly grant of THB5,000 each for a total of THB15,000. The saplings will then be distributed to government agencies such as the Na Jomtien Public Health Division for enhancing green areas or helping reforest, including in the Siri Charoenwat royal projects. Some plants will also go to the general public or back to the communities that grew them to increase green space.
Mr. Anusorn Sainapa, a leader of Baan Amphur community, said that he is grateful to all agencies that collaborated on the project to help relieve hardship and provide teaching from the Royal Forest Department. The municipality is also giving water to help grow seedlings for 3 months. The community expects the initiative to help extend its green space and its activities in planting mangroves to boost natural resources. The project also aims to spark environmental awareness in the community and help it develop its long-term income.
Mr. Kanin Kaewin, representing The Givers Network, said that the foundation is delighted to see an example of communal sharing and assistance. Participants are vetted by the Buddharaksa Foundation to meet the criteria of suffering hardship during the outbreak and having no family members receiving government assistance, in order to best reduce suffering. The community leader has also provided private land for public use so that people without land can take part. Above all, the community is also involving older adults and bedbound patients, whom volunteers in charge of the plots will care for.
Many officials and local people attended the ceremony, viewing the plants and attending a presentation of the action plan. The Royal Forest Department provided training on raisings seedlings. The presentation of funds to raise the seedlings was honored by the presence of Mr. Anucha Inthasorn, Sattahip District Sheriff, who presided over the ceremony with Mr. Somsak Thapklad, Representative from Chonburi House of Representatives Region 8; Mr. Oud Chaothawee, Head of Forest Resource Management Training Center 1 (Chon Buri); Mr. Surin Warachun, an ecologist and a member of the Forest for Life team; Mr. Kanin Kaewin, a representative of The Givers Network; and representatives of the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Public Organization).
The FORESTIAS by MQDC has allocated THB25 million baht for this project, with THB15 million to support 1,000 families with THB15,000 each and THB10 million to buy seedlings and transport them from the plant nurseries of about 500 families.
In addition to the current two communities, the project is set to expand to other areas in Bangkok and its surroundings. The initiative is working with the Community Organizations Development Institute (CODI) to find communities and homeless groups to participate too.
Communities interested in taking part can request information at Facebook: MQDC – The Forestias
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About The Forestias
The Forestias is an Enchanted Community District in the Forest under the concept of ‘Imagine Happiness’ to present the world’s first development where nature, animals, and human beings coexist harmoniously in a high-quality, nurturing environment for a happy community enjoying intergenerational living. THE FORESTIAS will give its residents the best of life, addressing social and environmental issues with careful design in every aspect. This approach extends from the nature-rich setting to integrated innovations and the use of cutting-edge technology in architectural design and planning. These will fully equip this entire development with modern functionalities while meeting sustainability goals by including the beautiful greenery of a large forested area to rebalance the ecosystem anew.
The Forestias occupies 398 rai on Bangna-Trad Road Km 7. It will be the first ‘Community District in the Forest’ complete with a host of facilities. In addition to residential and commercial elements, THE FORESTIAS will be home to a six-star boutique hotel, a community and family center, a shopping center, a vintage cinema, restaurants, an office building, a nursery, a health center, a hospital, and a building for future innovations. This new development also features community spaces, a museum and learning center, and a large forested area with a thriving ecosystem.
About Buddharaksa Foundation
Founded by Mr. Dhanin and Khunying Tawee Chearavanont in 2002, Buddharaksa Foundation works to inspire transformative life changes among underprivileged children and youths through helping them gain well-rounded educations that instill both wisdom and compassion. It became a registered charitable organization in Thailand in 2009 and continues to expand its impacts across the country, supported by its founders and the DTGO group. The foundation’s scholarships keep 6,000 Thai schoolchildren in positive learning environments. It also funds assistance in early childhood and vocational training for disadvantaged youths. The foundation’s Art4Worth initiative provides master classes from celebrated artists for orphans and children in underprivileged communities.
About Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC)
Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC) is a property developer that develops, invests in, and manages residential, community district, and ‘theme’ projects, including retail and hotels, with a corporate commitment to ‘For All Well-Being’.
MQDC brands include Magnolias, Whizdom, The Aspen Tree, Mulberry Grove, and The Forestias, catering for a range of healthy, sustainable lifestyles.
The company provides an industry-leading 30-year warranty on its residential units in line with its exceptional construction standards. Under its philosophy of ‘sustainnovation’ MQDC aims to lead its sector in sustainability.
MQDC supports the Research & Innovation for Sustainability Center (RISC), Asia’s first research base for sustainable building with a focus on well-being. The company has also set up FutureTales Lab, a futurology center to gather, analyse, and interpret data to find solutions for humankind’s future well-being
MQDC is determined to operate with concern for all life on Earth, advancing this agenda through sustainable development for the wider benefit of society. For more information, visit www.mqdc.com