Prioritizing corridor protection
Over 43% of Thailand's jungles have been lost since 1973. In other words, every day a football field of jungle disappears from Thailand's landscape. Amidst this mass development, some forest complexes exist, which are conglomerates of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries that are the last stand for biodiversity in the region.
Context and Conservation Strategy
Regenerating the Forest and Protecting Access to Water
OurLand is situated in and seeks to protect one of the last remaining wildlife corridors at the Southern tip of Salakphra Wildlife Sanctuary. We are currently conserving and regenerating 26 Rai, protecting the path to an access point on the River Kwae frequented by wild elephants and other wildlife.
History of Land Protection and Development
Salakphra is a fragile arm of the Western Forest Complex, closest to expanding human settlements. Its borders have long been encroached upon, and more recently, development along the River Kwae has impeded animals from crossing the 3199 highway to drink from the river.
Strategic Importance of OurLand
OurLand is situated in one of the last corridors before Lat Ya City. Our goal is to preserve and expand the wildlife corridor. The corridor is made up of a development project that was halted due to the economic recession in 1997, a privately conserved tract of primary jungle in the holdings of a large conglomerate and another 163 rai for sale that is prime for reforestation to the southeast.
Plan for Land Acquisition
We intend to acquire and regenerate more forest space within the defunct development and to the other side in order to expand this important corridor as well as to develop more research stations to monitor biodiversity in the region.
Vision for the future
Our vision is to create a model for living integrated with nature as a scientifically-driven, conservation-focused ecovillage, education center, and research station, pioneering techniques in human-wildlife-coexistence.