Amata B. Grimm Power recently joined the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Embassy of Germany in Thailand and Amata Foundation to preside over the opening of Pha Kluay Mai-Haew Suwat Waterfalls Nature Walk on March 2. The opening of the 3.4-km trail in the Khao Yai National Park was to commemorate the 160th anniversary of Thai-German relations. General Surayut Chulanont, President of the Statesman Foundation, presided over the opening ceremony with Georg Schmidt, Ambassador of the Republic of Germany in Thailand, Dr. Harald Link, chairman of B. Grimm, and Mr. Vikrom Kromadit, chairman of Amata Foundation attending the event.
This nature walk is a tripartite cooperation among Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the German Embassy, Amata Foundation together with Amata B. Grimm Power Company. The trail is meant for educating and enhancing tourists’ experiences on sustainable conservation of natural resources and the environment. It connects the two famous waterfalls along the route that traverses the Lam Ta Khong creek through bamboo forests interspersed with evergreen and dry forests.
Along the path, a loud rumbling of Pha Kluay Mai Waterfall in the rainy season could be heard. But when the water recedes in the dry season, traces of volcanic lava flow originated hundreds of millions of years ago is visible along with the ‘stone flower,’ a new type of plant in the world that will emerge from the water. Then there is Wai Daeng whose red flowers bloom in April on the cliff of the waterfall, which is named after it. The walk takes about 2-3 hours on foot.
Dr.Harald Link, Chairman of B.Grimm, Chief Executive Officer of B.Grimm Power Plc and Director of Amata B.Grimm Power, said the opening of the nature walk celebrates the relationship between Thailand and Germany, which dates back to the reign of King Mongkut. The relationship has flourished in various fields including economic, academic and technology transfer, product enhancement promotion, sharing of production technology in agriculture and environment, sustainable management of water resources and cooperation to develop neighbouring countries.
In terms of trade relations, the private sector in the early stages had a wide range of trade, with B. Grimm being one of the companies that has still been operating in Thailand for 144 years. B.Grimm started out with pharmaceutical business before spreading to many other many types of ventures in the fields of industry, health, lifestyle, transport, with energy business becoming a core venture. All of these businesses have focussed on creating benefits for society, economy and environment in Thailand.
Dr. Link added that the opening of nature walk underscores the importance of natural resource conservation and the environment the two countries have placed. In addition, the cooperation involving the trail development also fulfils B.Grimm’s vision of conducting business compassionately, creating civilisation under oneness with nature, by focussing on creating benefits for people and society, placing importance on the conservation of the environment and wildlife.