Bangkok - Honda Thailand Foundation, a charitable organization certified by the Ministry of Finance, organized “the Elephant Salt Lick Promotion, Check Dam Building and Tree Planting Project” at Pongree Village, Nhongree sub-district, Borphloi district in Kanchanaburi Province. The event was held for the 5th time by the Foundation, and this year it was conducted with the cooperation from the Asian Elephant Foundation of Thailand, the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department and the Royal Thai Army for the promotion of wildlife in Kanchanaburi province.
This year, over 300 associates from ten of Honda group of companies in Thailand and approximately 100 local villagers volunteered and participated in the project by providing minerals in three salt lick areas, building one check dam, and planting 3,000 trees for 10 rai (16 sq.km.). The contribution from the foundation for the project would value 300,000 baht in total.
The project started in 2012 to tackle the current deterioration of forest resources in Thailand. The restoration of forest resources, including the increase of food supply for wildlife, can be done when we plant more trees, improve salt lick and provide minerals to supply food sources for wildlife. The project focuses on the activities in protected forest areas such as wildlife sanctuaries, coping with the governmental activities and policy for the wildlife sustainability. So far, the associates from Honda group of companies had improved 22 salt lick areas, 9 check dams, restored 8,000 trees for 13 rai (20.8 sq.km.) and built 1 bamboo bridge for the project. Honda Thailand Foundation plans to continue the project in order to serve the wildlife sustainability continuously.
<About Honda Thailand Foundation>
The Honda Thailand Foundation was established in 2002 with the donations from four Honda companies in Thailand; Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd., A.P. Honda Co., Ltd., Thai Honda Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. The Foundation aims to improve the current situation of the Thai society in various fields, which include education, preservation of Thai culture, philanthropy, and environment.
The Honda Thailand Foundation has been in partnership with the Asian Elephant Foundation of Thailand to conserve elephant habitats in the jungle. For other objectives, the Foundation works with the Thai Library Association under the Royal Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to promote libraries for under privileged schools, and with Prabahtnampu Temple to help people who suffer from HIV or AIDS. The Foundation also collaborates with the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, the Ministry of Interior and the National Institution of Emergency Medicine, under the Ministry of Public Health to support disaster prevention and mitigation projects under Honda Khiang Khang Thai Fund, which is a special fund secured in the Honda Thailand Foundation to tackle the impacts from natural disasters.