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Reforestation is a nature-based solution to addressing the climate crisis. However there are two barriers to successful reforestation projects in general Thailand: 1) Existing and conventional reforestation methods do not achieve high survival rates, with success rates as low as 5% 2) Lack of engagement of local communities to attain their buy-in for the long term sustainability and protection reforested areas. Our project employs myco-reforestation methods and connects the long term well-being of the forest with tangible benefits for communities neighboring reforested areas, to improve their living standard in both short and long term.
Our project incorporates valuable and favorable local wild edible mushrooms as an incentive to engage local communities and stakeholders to restore community forests. In turn, we will also work to stop detrimental behaviors of burning or destroying the forest, which reduces the population of mushrooms. These ectomycorrhizal mushrooms do not only benefit the communities, but also help the forest grow faster by enhancing the survival rate of inoculated seedlings, strengthening their health, and improving the soil ecosystem. In our program, communities will learn how to inoculate edible ectomycorrhizal fungi to host seedlings, expecting to harvest mushrooms in 3-4 years, and to properly cultivate and transplant the seedlings in the project area. To support the sustainability of reforestation, the team will work with local communities for 5 years. We will assist and provide them with the necessary resources, from environmentally friendly project demonstration sites set-ups, to effective post-planting maintenance, which includes risks prevention for events such as forest fires.
Our project carbon sequestration calculation method and sampling size is based on the methodology for sustainable forestation project of Thailand Voluntary Emission Reduction Program (T-VER) of the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO), which is derived from the international standard methodology of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
The data will be collected before the project starts as baseline sequestration and every 6 months. Five carbon pools will be collected:
(i) aboveground biomass (ABG)
(ii) belowground biomass (BLG)
(iii) soil carbon
(iv) dead wood, and
(v) litter. The tree biomass will be calculated using the given allometric equations in T-VER methodology.