Location: Central Thailand (600 km north of Bangkok)
Year joined IMFN: 2000
Area of Model Forest: 175,159 hectares
Forest and resource profile
Approximately 65% forested. Deciduous forest and teak plantations. High biodiversity of plants, birds and mammals. The area has limestone caves and ancient rock face paintings. Mountainous area with large areas of rich agricultural land in river valleys. Includes three main rivers which drain into the Mae Yom, an existing research forest, and national park. Approximately 60 villages are located within the Model Forest area, with a total population of 50 000. Land is 80% state owned, 20% privately owned.
Family income is derived principally from agriculture, where non-timber forest products (NFTPs) play an important role in the subsistence economy. With a logging ban in effect, agriculture, tourism, NTFPs, and other sectors play dominant role. The area has limestone caves, ancient rock face paintings and natural and plantation teak forests.
Why a Model Forest?
Encroachment on protected land, illegal logging, over-extraction of NTFPs, conflicts between forest managers and local villagers.
Ngao Model Forest resources are protected, managed and used on a sustainable basis through the Model Forest approach:
Accomplishments to date
Dr. Prasert Sornsathapornkul
National Project Counterpart
Forest Officer – Plant Conservation and Protection Division; Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
6th Floor, Suraswadi Building
61 Pahonyothin Road, Chatuchak
Phone/fax: (66 2) 5614292-3 Ext.417; (66 2) 5614838