Community Services Project: Making Firebreak
5 February 2019
CMU Corporate Communication and Alumni Relations Center (CCARC)
On February 2nd, 2019, Chiang Mai University in collaboration with USAC Thailand Foundation, Rotary Clubs in Chiang Mai Province, and Doi Suthep-Pui National Park Office jointly worked on making the firebreaks in the area of Unit 3 Maesa Waterfall, Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. The Project aimed to prevent potential wildfire in the dry season in Chiang Mai from expanding to larger scales especially endangering wildlife, public health and community at large. Clinical Professor Niwes Nantachit, President of Chiang Mai University, as the Chairman of the project, together with Associate Professor Rome Chiranukrom, Vice President of Chiang Mai University, Assistant Professor Ram Jotikut, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, Chiang Mai University, Ms. Chaidarun Tippawan, Chairman of USAC Thailand Foundation, Ms. Poonthip Andersen, President of Rotary Club Chiang Mai, Thai and foreign students from Chiang Mai University as well as locals in nearby community, totalling more than 100 people shared their sweat in clearing the way for wildfire protection.
According to Ms. Chaidarun Thippawan, Chairman of USAC Thailand Foundation, the smog problem, which takes place in the northern part of Thailand every year, is deeply rooted from seasonal slash-and-burn activities of extensive agricultural farming and deforestations. The situation has been intensified over the past few years, affecting not only people’s but also hurting tourism businesses and deteriorating pristine environment of Chiang Mai. Consequently, the firebreak activity is run through strong determination from all stakeholders to raise awareness of public at large towards the risk of air pollution especially the smog problem. It is everyone’s responsibility to sustain our environment and join hands in redeeming the fresh air for our healthy future.