ECN, Kanchanaburi

Elephant Conservation Network Workshop for Forest Restoration in Kanchanaburi

Elephant conservation network: ECN is a small non-government organization located in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Their achievement is performing of activities to tackle the dual challenges of elephant conservation and human-elephant conflict in and around the Salakpra areas, which includes the Salakpra conservation areas, the Srisawat national reserve forests, and privately-owned lands around the protected areas. Moreover, these areas contain the country’s largest population of wild elephants. Created in 1965, Salakpra was the first wildlife sanctuary in Thailand; it is home to over 150 wild elephants whose optimal forest habitat has been diminished by encroachment and over-exploitation, as well as by dams, roads and associated ribbon development.

ECN aims to restore forests in Salakpra and Kangprakod wildlife sanctuary to provide elephant food supply and habitat, so the theme of these workshops  in Kanjana Buri were the nursery techniques and file works for forest restoration.  The first workshop activities, 15th-17th December 2008, included phenology, seed collection, specimen collection, seed germination treatments and data analysis. After that the second workshop on 17th-20th February 2009, we ran through the potting, seedling growth experiment design, nursery management and file work experiment; seedling monitoring and planting in deforestation areas.  Both workshop were carried out at Salakpra and Kangprakod nurseries and the participants were EC office staffs, nursery persons and local villagers.  In the end of the workshops , we visited to Salakpra wildlife sanctuary, unfortunately we have never met the wild elephants.