7 Nov 2023

Plant-Cultivate-Protect Campaign

SCGC conducts its business with a sustainable focus on environmental stewardship, aligned with the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) approach. We consistently work on forest restoration, and in collaboration with all stakeholders, strive to mitigate global warming. The significance of this issue was internationally acknowledged in December 2016 when a declaration of a "climate emergency" was made. This emphasized the need to elevate global warming from a mere problem to an urgent crisis that requires immediate, serious intervention. If timely action is not taken, the consequences will not only damage nature but also have detrimental impacts on the economy, leading to loss of life and property due to disasters, potentially more severe than we can handle.

Raising awareness of this issue and taking continuous and serious actions to mitigate global warming have been SCGC's consistent path. Specifically, in Rayong Province, SCGC collaborates with local communities, government, and local agencies to care for the environment and promote activities that combat global warming. We foster conservation consciousness by imparting knowledge and understanding of the ongoing global warming crisis, illustrating that this problem is not distant and that everyone can play a role in sustainable forest restoration and care.

Furthermore, SCGC has set an ambitious goal of planting one million trees. In collaboration with local communities and government agencies, SCGC has launched the project "Plant-Cultivate-Protect Campaign": Plant Trees, Cultivate Seedlings, Protect the Forest, and Promote Low Carbon Society." We are committed to planting, cultivating, and taking continuous care of forests to pave the way for a low-carbon society, ensuring sustainability for the environment, economy, and society in the future.

Plant Trees

Forests hold great significance and value as ecosystems with rich biodiversity. They play a crucial role as carbon sinks and aid in mitigating the impacts of climate change, facilitating water retention and helping to prevent drought and flooding. Forests are natural resource reserves that benefit all life forms. They are rich in plant species and serve as vital food sources for living creatures. Plus, forests are essential for recreational activities, tourism, and as centers for nature research and education. However, with the ongoing encroachment, destruction, or conversion of forested areas for other purposes, SCGC is collaborating with government agencies and local communities to jointly restore the forested areas to their former richness and abundance. This collaboration also emphasizes fostering awareness of the forest's value, providing knowledge on proper afforestation techniques, instilling a love for local natural resources within communities, and recognizing the importance of forests. The idea is: when people take care of forests, the forests, in turn, take care of people. It fosters a harmonious relationship where people live in balance with the forests, enjoying clean air and a thriving local environment.

To implement our projects sustainably, participation from all sectors is essential. This includes representatives from government agencies, local administrations, private sectors, educational institutions, youth, local communities, and volunteers. Since 2017 up to the present (February 2023), SCGC has participated in planting mangrove trees and other tree species in mangrove forest areas totaling 161,100 trees and in terrestrial and community forests, accounting for 49,529 trees.

In 2022, SCGC expressed interest in participating in the Carbon Credit Reforestation Project with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources 1 (DMCR). We proposed an area covering 1,000 rai, which is currently under consideration for allocation. It is estimated that this initiative could potentially capture up to XXX tons of carbon dioxide annually.

In addition to continuous mangrove reforestation, SCGC actively promotes the conservation of community forests and the ongoing creation of green space by planting trees in public areas. These efforts aim to improve areas that can absorb carbon dioxide in cities and mitigate global warming. By doing so, SCGC hopes to provide a healthy environment and clean air for the community, ultimately improving the quality of life for the surrounding communities.

Cultivate Seedlings

From forest reforestation, we move forward to creating a tree bank and preserving seed. This initiative began with the restoration of the Khao Yay Da forest, located within the boundaries of the National Park of Ka Chet, Pa Pae, and Pa Klaeng, covering an area of 28,937 rai. This region is significant as it is a major upstream area in the Rayong Province. Following the consistent reforestation efforts by SCGC in collaboration with the local community, we extended the project to collect seeds from local and rare tree species. These seeds were cultivated in greenhouses specially set up for nurturing tree saplings. The goal is to propagate species found in the Khao Yai Da area. These seedlings are then distributed to employees and the general public. They are encouraged to cultivate the seeds and later return the grown saplings to be further nurtured in the greenhouse, ensuring their healthy and robust growth.

As of February 2023, 20,100 saplings have been cultivated

Protect the Forest

SCGC promotes afforestation and instills a sense of love, care, and responsibility for the forest and its surrounding environment, ensuring its sustainable coexistence with the community. This is achieved through collaboration with relevant agencies and a network of local volunteer groups. This includes the Volunteer Forest Ranger Network, the Royal Forest Department, and the Baan Laeng Natural Resource and Environmental Conservation Club. The goal is to change the mindset of those who exploit the forests into caretakers. We aspire for "humans" and "forests" to coexist harmoniously, mutually benefiting from each other and utilizing the forest sustainably. Continuous forest conservation activities are organized, such as tree planting and forest surveillance walks. Every year, new members are recruited to ensure the continuity of these initiatives within the network.

Towards a Low Carbon Society

SCGC conducts its business operations alongside an emphasis on environmental and social responsibilities, adhering to corporate governance principles in line with the ESG approach. Throughout its history, SCGC has collaborated with a wide range of stakeholders in forest restoration and created green spaces to help absorb carbon dioxide, addressing one of the pivotal challenges of the current global warming crisis.

Now (February 2023), SCGC is committed to transitioning to a low-carbon society. Consistent environmental projects have contributed to a reduction of up to 3,277 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

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