PTT collaborates with communities and networks from all sectors for the revival and conservation of natural resources, in conjunction with building awareness of natural resource conservation. Environmental conservation initiatives include:
Sustainable Eco System Forest Conservation
PTT Group continues its mission to maintain the 160,000 hectares forest area planted in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Late His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s ascension to the throne, (1997 – 2002). A new forest was carried out under “Reforestation Project for Ecosystem Restoration and Mitigation of Global Warming.” There are 2 phrases, from 2003-2012, at 6,776 hectares, and 2013-2017, at 16,842 hectares. As of 2017, 414 hectares have been planted, comprises.
1.Upstream forest in Nan 64 hectares
2. Community forest in Khon Khaen, Yasothorn, and Roi Ed 250 hectares
3. Mangrove forest in Rayong and Chumpon 100 hectares
The forests have the carbon dioxide absorbing capability of 1.99 million tonnes, in comparison to 2024 target of 2.1 million tonnes.
Furthermore, PTT has established an integrated learning center on forestry and forest restoration, serving as a public center for education on an area of 56.16 hectares in Pa Yup Nai Sub-District, Wang Chan District, Rayong Province, known as Wang Chan Forest Project. Another project is the PTT Green in the City project on Sukapiban 2 Road, Prawes District, Bangkok. Additionally, PTT also worked with Kumpang Sub-District, Kaser Wisai District, Roi Et Porvince to establish the eucalyptus forest restoration model on an area of 36.8 hectares. The program established forestry management process with regards to public space, through participatory approach with communities for sustainability.
Bringing Knowledge from Research to Community Learning
Sirinart Rajini Ecosystem Center for Mangrove Forestation, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province: to transform an abandoned shrimp farm into a role model for mangrove ecosystem management. This learning center organizes a natural classroom project for knowledge transfer of mangrove ecosystem to students in surrounding area and visitors through workshops for a 9 month period. In 2017, there were 53,045 visitors, providing as much as 360,640 Baht of tourism revenue to community.
Soil and Water Conservation Network
PTT works with the Chaipattana Foundation, Office of the Royal Development Projects Board (ORDPB), and the Land Development Department to promoting and developing vetiver products for use and sell. The communities can collaborate with the Chaipattana Foundation to generate income by selling vetiver products under the brand “Pat Pat”. In 2017, PTT, for the 10th year, organized vetiver festival under the concept of “a Decade of V-Strong Network: Secure, Prosper, Sustain,” consisting of a contest on development and promotion of vetiver application, in accordance to His Majesty the Late King’s teaching. Dr. Sumet Tantivejkul, secretariat of Chiapattana Foundation and Chair of the Judge Panel presided over the award ceremony.
Furthermore, PTT and its network have collaborated to drive forward vetiver application for sustainable soil and water conservation. This was achieved via expansion of V-Strong Network at a local level, regional level, and national level; including capacity development of those in the network, such as management training, development of the brand and V-Strong Network Logo. This was complemented by improved vetiver-based handcrafts to become more modern, suitable, and better responded to the customers’ needs..