THE PROJECT DEVELOPERS      PERSPECTIVE          ANDREW G . STEEL                        Chief Executive Officer          ...
INTRODUCTION          Project Developer          “Plantation Management”          Consultancy          Carbon Forestry ...
AIMS/OBJECTIVESSix Senses Reforestation Project
EDUCATION  Educating the client  Long lead time  Educating Govt departments   on carbon offsetting  Pioneering - No Go...
DOCUMENTATION  Translation (500 pages)  Removal of key sentences from   our documentation  Procedures     Story changi...
PARTNERS  Sourcing the right partners     FORRU, DNP  Go to ground first     bottom up approach  Corruption  Going i...
SOURCING LAND Sourcing the land     Costs – high ($20k Ha – without      land title)     Difficult locations Accredita...
RECRUITMENT  Getting the team in place     Signing contract to getting project      started  Sourcing skilled forestry ...
LOGISTICS Equipment    Storage Seedlings    10,000 a day from nursery Villagers    Door to Door service!    Walk up...
WEATHER …. FLOODING Adverse climate conditions  (persistent rainfall) Access to Areas    Flooding of roads restricted  ...
WEATHER …. FLOODINGWater level started to rise …………….                                     21st Sept 2011
WEATHER …. FLOODINGWater level rose tenfold causing bridge neck collapse                                                  ...
VILLAGERS…. positivesSupportiveEmployment OpportunityEducationEnvironmentalHarmony
OTHER LAND USE….. Common cattle & elephant grazing ground
VILLAGERS…. ISSUES &CONFLICTS Payments     No ATM – Cash! Working with hill tribe  groups Lack of lead time to  conduc...
CONCLUSIONNot for the faint hearted or people with high blood pressure!
THANK YOU                   ANDREW G . STEEL                Chief Executive Officer                 The TREEDOM Group     ...
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  • Promote Networking Event – Asia Renewable Resources Fund
  • 2 Minute Video clip
  • Government bureaucracy (its not like building a hotel)
  • – proposal for each planting site – permission and letters to access data
  • Corruption (upfront 3 land rover discoveries)we achieved itin 4 months
  • – doesn’t necessarily mean its all useable - Land – map it yourself
  • 450 Baht we had budget above minimum govt wage
  • Images – maybe elephant use elephants (NO GOOD)
  • Rain good for trees - show video if possible
  • Insert video possibly?
  • Generally supportive of project – Harmony affitnity to the project bridge repair
  • 24 hour watch to prevent damage by cattle & elephants after we had planted even though had discussed with villagers prior
  • Cash has to be on site every day (security) – Lahu/Mon/Musa /Bridge – nature did that for them - as work finished, local people did not want to lose salaries - Drugs - Everyone carrying guns
  • Project Developers Perspective - Andrew Steel - Equitech

    1. 1. THE PROJECT DEVELOPERS PERSPECTIVE ANDREW G . STEEL Chief Executive Officer The TREEDOM Group andrew.steel@treedom.biz
    2. 2. INTRODUCTION Project Developer “Plantation Management” Consultancy Carbon Forestry “Investment Advisor to the Asia Renewable Resources Fund (ARRF) ” “UK Charity & Thai Foundation”
    3. 3. AIMS/OBJECTIVESSix Senses Reforestation Project
    4. 4. EDUCATION  Educating the client  Long lead time  Educating Govt departments on carbon offsetting  Pioneering - No Govt policy  Speaking Swahili
    5. 5. DOCUMENTATION  Translation (500 pages)  Removal of key sentences from our documentation  Procedures  Story changing  Satellite imagery
    6. 6. PARTNERS  Sourcing the right partners  FORRU, DNP  Go to ground first  bottom up approach  Corruption  Going it alone takes a lead time of around 2-3 years  Government department acts as Project Lead 18 months
    7. 7. SOURCING LAND Sourcing the land  Costs – high ($20k Ha – without land title)  Difficult locations Accreditations Criteria  Teak plantations Land Sizes  Ask for 500 Rai you get 500 Rai lost in translation?
    8. 8. RECRUITMENT  Getting the team in place  Signing contract to getting project started  Sourcing skilled forestry staff proving difficult  Lack of forestry personnel - only 274 forestry students from Kasetsart University  Villagers difficult to recruit in fruit harvesting season
    9. 9. LOGISTICS Equipment  Storage Seedlings  10,000 a day from nursery Villagers  Door to Door service!  Walk up the hill……..  Bathrooms
    10. 10. WEATHER …. FLOODING Adverse climate conditions (persistent rainfall) Access to Areas  Flooding of roads restricted area access (Mae Wa)  Bridge taken out (Doi Pa Ma)
    11. 11. WEATHER …. FLOODINGWater level started to rise ……………. 21st Sept 2011
    12. 12. WEATHER …. FLOODINGWater level rose tenfold causing bridge neck collapse 28th Sept 2011 Only 7 Days later
    13. 13. VILLAGERS…. positivesSupportiveEmployment OpportunityEducationEnvironmentalHarmony
    14. 14. OTHER LAND USE….. Common cattle & elephant grazing ground
    15. 15. VILLAGERS…. ISSUES &CONFLICTS Payments  No ATM – Cash! Working with hill tribe groups Lack of lead time to conduct Participatory Resource Assessments (PRA)  Knife threats  Threats to take out the bridge  Threats to burn down the site
    16. 16. CONCLUSIONNot for the faint hearted or people with high blood pressure!
    17. 17. THANK YOU ANDREW G . STEEL Chief Executive Officer The TREEDOM Group andrew.steel@treedom.biz
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