APC is committed to sponsoring one village each month over the forthcoming year as part of this project, with an estimated cost of 202,400 THB each village APC may eventually become one of the largest single benefactors of this scheme in Thailand. Already they have sponsored two villages last month, in Nakhonnayok and KhaoYai National Park.
APC spokesperson Oz Thunyapong, Managing Director of Asia Plantation Distilleries Ltd, described their participation in the project. "As a progressive and ethical Thai plantation operator we felt it our duty to support such an important initiative as this and put people first, before our own profits. A crucial aspect of our company ethics is supporting and nurturing rural communities in the areas we own and where we manage plantations. Teak is a large part of our company's portfolio so we have the expertise on hand to help the villagers when needed." Thunyapong continued "we believe the real benefit of this programme lies with the children who will be the generation that benefit from the future commercial value of the Teak trees and the financial support these will provide to their communities"
As part of the sponsorship benefit, companies are able to nominate representatives to attend the celebration and ceremony at the Royal Palace. representatives will have the opportunity to have an audience and present their support to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Rather than send their own staff or directors, Asia Plantation Capital has decided to sponsor children from each village to attend this memorable function at the Royal Palace with their families. "We believe this will provide a most memorable honour for them to recall in future years, perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of an official ceremony at the Royal Palace" commented Thunyapong. "Each group will be accompanied by one of our own clients as well as tree owners from our managed plantations in Thailand".
In addition a special International Presentation is being planned to coincide with next year's World Teak Conference in Bangkok (25-30 March, 2013) which will be addressed via video link by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, whose personal FPA2 Environmental foundation has already pledged support for sustainable teak plantations and plans to enter into cooperation with the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Foundation. APC were pleased to be able to assist a delegation from Thailand in meeting with the FPA2 foundation in Monaco earlier this year where this initiative was agreed.
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About Asia Plantation Capital
Asia Plantation Capital is an owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and globally as part of the Plantation Capital Group of associated companies. Their focus is on multicultural and diverse plantation projects geared to the domestic and commercial demands of the countries in which they operate. Working closely with and supporting fragile local communities is an underlying core principle of the APC business, providing social and cultural support as well as investment to move these communities away from traditional deforestation and illegal logging activities as a main income source.
Established officially in 2008, although operating privately since 2002 the group now has plantation and agricultural projects on four continents, with operational projects at various stages in Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Romania, France and North America.
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