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          EGAT, Chumphon Province, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, and Mu Ko Chumphon National Park collaboratively kicked off the Participatory One-Million-Rai Reforestation Project by starting the first 10 rai at Mu Ko Chumphon National Park in Chumphon Province. EGAT will expand its network of allies to achieve a goal of one-million-rai reforestation by 2031, to build good environment and air quality for Thais.

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          On November 22, 2021, Mr. Somporn Patchimpetch, Deputy Governor of Chumphon Province; Dr. Jiraporn Sirikum, Deputy Governor - Strategy of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT); Mr. Nakrop Na Thalang, Chief of Mueang Chumphon District; Mr. Thannarin Na Nakorn, Director of Protected Areas Regional 4 (Surat Thani), Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation; government agencies; students; and villagers totaling 200 people attended a kick-off of One-Million-Rai Reforestation Project at Mu Ko Chumphon National Park in Chumphon Province.

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          Chumphon Deputy Governor Somporn Patchimpetch said that Chumphon Province has joined in climate change mitigation, to support the government’s key policy on carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions reduction as stated by the Prime Minister in the World Leaders Summit of the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 26). Since EGAT’s reforestation project evidently gives an importance on participation with local agencies and people, the province has thoroughly supported the project by allocating reforestation areas, which will contribute to good air quality for Chumphon people and continual revival of ecosystem.

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          Dr. Jiraporn Sirikum, EGAT Deputy Governor - Strategy revealed that EGAT has received cooperation from Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and Mu Ko Chumphon National Park for organizing this project activity and allocating reforestation areas. For this mangrove reforestation, a total of 7,000 Fish Poison trees and mangrove trees would be planted. These kinds of trees will help prevent coastal erosion as well as serve as a natural barrier for coastal protection and a shelter for marine animals to lay and hatch eggs. This activity is a part of Participatory One-Million-Rai Reforestation Project, one of the strategies to build sustainability on natural resources, environment, and energy. It is also included in a strategy to reduce and absorb carbon dioxide, in compliance with EGAT Carbon Neutrality set to be achieved by 2050 under a principle of balancing electricity generation cost, environmental impact, and power system security; to drive Thailand towards zero carbon emissions by 2065 as stated in National Energy Plan.

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          The ‘Participatory One-Million-Rai Reforestation Project’ can compensate for carbon dioxide emissions because the project will absorb 1.2 million tons of CO2 per year. It is regarded as an important mission of the energy agency and the natural resources and environment agency that join forces for benefits to the country. EGAT aims to reforest an area of 100,000 rai per year, totaling one million rai during 2022-2031, or the whole 10 years. After that, the tree maintenance plan will be executed for nine years, or until 2040. It is expected that for the whole duration of the project, the planted trees will be able to absorb 23.6 million tons of CO2.

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          Additionally, EGAT plans to conserve forests with participation by communities and related partners. The plan also includes developing a system to monitor the survival rate and growth rate of the planted trees. In other words, the project will be driven by EGAT reforestation network along with technologies such as satellite system, drone, and AI innovation. All Thai people are welcome to join virtual tree planting with EGAT via the ‘ECOLIFE’ application to achieve the goal of one-million-rai reforestation, driving Thailand towards carbon neutrality.