September 20, 2022 — The Final Coordination and Evaluation Meeting (FCEM) was held for the regional project on “Domestication of Endangered, Endemic, and Threatened Plant Species (EETS) in Disturbed Terrestrial Ecosystems in Malaysia and Thailand” (AFoCO/010/2016). Thailand, as the host country, warmly welcomed all the participants from Malaysia and AFoCO Secretariat. During the FCEM, both project managers from Thailand and Malaysia presented their multiyear physical and financial progress.
Malaysia also shared their publication titled ‘Selected Endangered, Endemic and Threatened Tree Species Planted on an Ex-Tin Mine in Malaysia.’ The publication describes the excellent progress the project has achieved since its launching and features photos of EETS planted in the project. After the presentations, the Meeting discussed the project closure process including the necessary steps for official closure completion. It was agreed that following the completion of the project completion in December 2022, the project sites in both Malaysia and Thailand be utilized for further research, and field/study trips.
On 21 September 2022, an on-site visit to Takuapa project site at Phang-Nga Forestry Research Station, Takuapa District, Phang-Nga Province, Thailand was conducted. Located two hours away from the Phuket city center, the research station is being managed in cooperation with the Faculty of Forestry of Kasetsart University. Mr. Wasan Chandaeng, provided a brief presentation on the project background, progress, and achievements to the Meeting. He highlighted that 1 ha demonstration plots were established with a total of seven (7) EETS plants from 2016 through 2017 and was being maintained in cooperation with the Faculty of Forestry of Kasetsart University.
Mr. Sapol Boonsermsuk, AFoCO National Focal Point of Thailand and Director of Forestry Foreign Affairs Office, Royal Forestry Department, thanked the project team of Thailand, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, and the AFoCO Secretariat as the Chairperson of the Meeting for their efforts in coordinating the regional project.
Submitted by Cha Jiyea, Assistant Program Officer