Thai Conservation of Forest Foundation
The Thai Conservation of Forest Foundation (TCOF) was established with EGCO’s commitment to promote conservation of the environment, rivers and major waterways. The ultimate goal is to achieve sustainability aspired by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HM Queen Sirikit who encouraged the people to take good care of forests and water resources. The conservation will lead to a large pool of natural resources that brings benefits to all and in sustainable manner. In addition, such rich resources will provide the people in the agricultural sector who serve as the country’s backbone with great support and protection against severe natural disasters if natural resources are damaged and spoiled.
TCOF’s establishment fund was granted by HM Queen Sirikit. The money had initially been presented to HM Queen Sirikit in celebration of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 6th cycle birthday anniversary and the Queen later granted the money to the foundation to support its establishment. TCOF received the establishment license on February 11, 2002 and has been supported by EGCO since then.
TCOF has been recorded and registered as a charitable organization No.752 by the Ministry of Finance. With close cooperation with the Department of Forestry and the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in promoting prevention, raising awareness and creating a strong network to protect and conserve forests, rivers and waterways through many projects. In addition to working with those major government organizations responsible for protecting an rehabilitating the country’s natural resources, TCOF has also been working closely with local network in both public and private sectors, communities, schools and non-government organizations to pursue its goal. In the beginning the foundation continued and expanded the forest conservation at Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai province previously initiated by EGCO Group. The foundation has later expanded its forest conservation activities in Nakhon Si Thammarat province in the south and Chaiyaphum province in the northeast.