KKU Learns from “Father’s Tree” and the Environmental Ecologist King
Thu 5 Jan. 2017

        “Burning of fuels such as coal, charcoal, oil, etc. emits 5 billion tons of carbon into the air per year. In addition to this, intentional forest fires account for another 1.5 billion tons of carbon, totaling 6.5 billion tons. This means nearly 10% of the amount already exists in the air. If nothing can decrease it, the result will be the so-called greenhouse effect which leads to global warming…” This was His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s talk to groups of people being given audience on the auspicious occasion of his birthday on December 4, 1989 at Dusitalai Pavilion, Suan Jitralada, Dusit Palace.

          The world’s mean temperature is now increasing with a lot of effects and changes. The cause is from carbon dioxide gas that accumulates in the atmosphere until it turns to greenhouse gas. Planting trees is one way to solve the problem of global warming, for trees are able to absorb carbon dioxide. Through the life of a perennial, it can retain an average of 1-1.7 tons of carbon.  His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej had thought of conservation of natural resources and the environment by founding the Forest Growing Project. He was also a role model of a person who saw the importance of tree growing to make every one become aware of forests. One of the Royal works when he visited his people all over Thailand and to many universities in Thailand was “tree planting”.

 

          “Kalapaphruek” was the kind of tree planted for the first time on December 20, 1967 at Khon Kaen University. Then on December 20, 1974, His Majesty planted the red pradu at the former Faculty of Education. On December 13, 1990, His Majesty came with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakkri Sinrindhorn and planted Kalapaphruek trees again.

          Assoc. Prof. Dr. Penprapa Petcharaburanin, Manager of the Office of the Royal Development Projects said, “Khon Kaen University emphasizes the strategy of Green and Smart Campus on the land of over 6,000 rai, over 70% of which is the green area. Aerial photographs show the green area which can be compared to a person’s lungs. The forest area conservation measures cover the area of Rom Klao Kalapaphruek, where formerly dipterocarp species grew with different flora on fertile land of 110 rai. This area included a reservoir and public park of 30 rai which are conserved for the Plant Genetic Conservation Project, a learning resource and resource conservation area for younger generation. The Office of the Royal Development Projects implemented these projects to follow His Majesty’s steps in development and conservation of natural resources and the environment for the well-being and happiness of his people. Conservation of resources means loving the country.”