Chiang Mai monks lead reforestation activity

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CHIANG MAI – A group of Buddhist monks in Chiang Mai is leading a campaign urging locals to replant trees in degraded forests.

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Monks, novices and villagers in Chaiprakarn District have teamed up to grow trees in formerly exploited forests. Chiang Mai’s ecclesiastical provincial governor, Phra Thep Pariyat said villagers agreed to give back forest areas of more than 200 rai, which they had encroached on, to engage in the forest recovery campaign.

Participants said they were impressed and inspired by Their Majesties the King and Queen’s dedication to nature conservation. The collaborative effort has already paid off as all communities in the district now have plentiful water for consumption and agriculture.