On September 21, the USAID-funded the Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program partnered with the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden and other Thai organizations to plant 15 native species of 5,000 trees on a degraded hillside that was threatening the water supply within the Mae Sa-Kog Ma, a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve near Chiang Mai Province.  Around 300 Mae Mhae villagers, local authorities and schoolchildren came together for the restoration and to raise public awareness.

The work is a follow up from LEAF’s Participatory Rural Appraisal work as part of the development of a Mae Sa catchment management plan, which will form the basis of a locally appropriate Payment for Environmental Services system.

Source: The Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF)

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