The Royal Project Foundation (RPF) is based in the north of Thailand, founded by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great in 1969, aiming to improve the quality of life of hill-tribe people by diminishing opium growing and reviving natural forests and water resources. For over five decades, a good number of national and international organizations have recognized the achievements of the Royal Project Foundation as the best practice in sustainable highland development.
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua has made firm commitments to nurture, conserve, and extend the work of the Royal Project Foundation to ensure its continued operation, offering the highland people with a better living while generating positive consequences to other countries regionally and globally.
On the occasion of the Royal Project’s 50th Anniversary, the Royal Project Foundation and its partner, Highland Research and Development Institute (Public Organization) (HRDI) consider it is timely to organize the International Conference on Rising to the Challenge of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Sustainable Highland Development: The Royal Project Model. This Conference will provide a platform for sharing to other organizations, both internally and internationally, successful endeavours, knowledge and experiences of the Royal Project on promotion of illicit crop replacement and support a holistic approach for sustainable highland development. Keynote Speakers from international organizations will be invited to share their experiences on SDGs on highland development. Moreover, representatives from the countries that have followed the Royal Project model and those practicing their alternative development model will also be invited to facilitate knowledge sharing, lessons learnt, and good practices for sustainable highland development in the region and the world.
The conference will be held 19 – 21 December 2019, at the Royal Park Rajapruek, Chiang Mai, Thailand
On 15 October 2005, the Government of Thailand passed the Royal Decree on Establishment of the Highland Research and Development Institute (Public Organization), HRDI. The decree inaugurated HRDI as responsible for the development of new processes and mechanisms to support and strengthen the Royal Project’s research and development activities. The focus of HRDI lies on sustainable social and economic development in Thai highlands working beyond the existing operating areas of the Royal Project. It provides support to the Royal Project and extends its success throughout the country.
The founding of HRDI is a credit to the success of the Royal Project which was initiated by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1969 to eradicate opium poppy cultivation, improve hill tribe community livelihoods and rehabilitate Thailand’s highland watershed forests. HRDI works closely with the Royal Project Foundation to encourage the use of technologies and innovations that were already generated by the Royal Project. Integrating and combining them with local and indigenous wisdom and knowledge, and to support the participation of highland communities in the Royal Project’s watershed forest rehabilitation, are one of the most important tasks of HRDI. Besides HRDI’s efforts to eradicate opium and enhance biodiversity and conservation, HRDI also collaborates with international partners to exchange technologies in order to achieve the best and most effective solutions for these highland challenges.
Following the inauguration of HRDI in 2005, it was announced on 9 June 2009 that the responsibilities of HRDI should be expanded. Since then, HRDI also manages the Royal Flora Rajapruek and its exhibitions. The Royal Flora Rajapruek is the site of the International Horticultural Exposition that was established in commemoration to His Majesty’s 60th Anniversary of His Accession to the throne and His 80th Birthday in 2006. HRDI organized the activities, exhibitions and facilities promoting green energy and sustainable development. On 23 January 2010, His Majesty the King renamed the Royal Flora Rajapruek to the Royal Park Rajapruek.
The Highland Research and Development Institute (HRDI) is following the great success of the Royal Project Foundation. Therefore, HRDI expands the Royal Project Model to Sustainable Develop Highland Communities. It extends the Royal Project achievements to other highland areas. At present, operations at 44 highland sites including villages in 92 districts in 8 provinces are included. The program has a target population of 256,955 people from 67,327 households. HRDI is committed to the success of the Hill Tribe communities. It provides the Hill Tribes of the expansion area with a business and social strategy in order to encourage and strengthen sustainable development and improve the livelihoods of the Hill Tribes. There are various projects in the social and economical field. Goal is the self-sufficiency and an enhancement of local proactive initiatives based on respect for indigenous knowledge and traditions. This exchange will ideally lead to mutual learning, understanding and trust on both sides. HRDI drives for human capacity building including training courses for Hill Tribes, educational campaigns and access to external knowledge in marketing and business as well as funding to face the development needs of the Hill Tribe communities. An important focus lies on promoting sustainable development through learning centers. They combine indigenous knowledge of the local community and development knowledge of modern agricultural techniques.
The Highland Research and Development Institute (HRDI) support the Royal Project Development Centers to work cooperatively and in an integrated manner with provincial and local administrative organizations on knowledge transfer; and thereby support the Royal Project Development Centers become high quality sustainable highland development learning centers.
Research and development to support and extend the activities of the Royal Project HRDI enhances the continuity of the Royal Projects’ success by integrating research based on technology, environmental rehabilitation and marketing as well as conducting socio-economic investigation.
Action research to extend Royal Project’s achievements into general highland areas HRDI conducts action research that applies and test previous Royal Project results in new operational areas. A particular focus lies on restoring traditional community food banks and biodiversity. The research will involve studies, compilation and further involvement of local knowledge in order to achieve new highland environmental rehabilitation methods and community marketing systems.
Marketing and Distribution of Hill Tribe Products HRDI is responsible to support the Hill Tribes with logistical matters such as the distribution of Hill Tribe products to local and national markets, e.g. Tops Market and Tesco. This work also includes the consultation of Hill Tribes regarding a marketing strategy, OTVOP and agricultural methods. All income goes directly to the support of the Hill Tribes. There is a broad selection of Hill Tribe products such as handicrafts, agricultural products (GAP standards) and traditional gift items.
Promotion of local and international cooperation HRDI initiates international cooperation and consultation to enhance technology and knowledge transfer. The work of the Royal Project and HRDI is the most successful of Thailand’s development projects. Thus, HRDI promotes the Royal Project and its successful replacement of opium poppy cultivation to the international community. The responsible unit of HRDI is the Department of International Cooperation. The Royal Thai government has recognized that, in the light of Thailand’s relatively developed status, and its success in meeting development challenges, Thailand should offer mutual technical cooperation to other countries and thereby help to assist in dealing with global challenges. By organizing international symposiums and training sessions for development agencies which are active in the major developing highland areas and drug-crop producing regions in the world, HRDI launches an international network for sharing knowledge and new technologies of sustainable highland development. This will lead to a continuously improvement of the techniques and methods used in various regions in the world. Therefore, international cooperation can be of mutual benefit.
สถาบันวิจัยและพัฒนาพื้นที่สูง (องค์การมหาชน) หรือ สวพส. จัดตั้งขึ้นเนื่องจากรัฐบาลมีนโยบายที่จะสนับสนุนงานโครงการหลวงและขยายผลงานโครงการหลวงในการพัฒนาเศรษฐกิจสังคมและสิ่งแวดล้อมบนที่สูงของประเทศไทยให้เกิดผลสัมฤทธิ์อย่างยั่งยืน โดยมีพระราชกฤษฎีกาจัดตั้งสถาบันวิจัยและพัฒนาพื้นที่สูง (องค์การมหาชน) มีผลบังคับใช้ตั้งแต่วันที่ 15 ตุลาคม 2548
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