Environment and natural resources

Seawall projects set to face stricter environmental checks to battle erosion

The National Marine and Coastal Resource Management Committee has approved a policy that requires developers of seawall projects to follow stricter environmental guidelines to get development permission.The panel chaired by Gen Prawit Wongsuwon on Friday announced 3,148 kilometres of coastline in Thailand would be a ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Healthy Oceans Needed To Keep ASEAN Afloat

Memories of idyllic beaches and sonorous waves may seem far away while we all remain under lockdown at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, we need not look far to appreciate the enduring history of the ocean in Asia and the Pacific. For generations, ...

South-East Asia’s biggest river is drying up

Fish writhe frantically in the shallow pool, as their schoolmates stranded on the exposed sandbar breathe their last. It is November, the end of the monsoon season, yet the water in the Mekong river is perilously low. On this stretch, in north-eastern Thailand, the bank ...

MNRE to nominate Ranong mangrove forest area for "natural world heritage" status

May 10 has been declared National Mangrove Forest Day and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) has been preparing to nominate Ranong’s mangrove forest area natural world heritage status.Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa said that the Cabinet has designated May 10 ...

Supawadee Wangsri

Plastic piles up as pandemic sidelines pollution fight

Thailand began the year with a ban on single-use plastic bags that Bangkok office worker Nicha Singhanoi hoped would cut back the waste that puts her country among the world’s top five choking the oceans with plastic.Then the coronavirus pandemic forced school closures and authorities ...

La Nina may ease drought severity

Thailand may not encounter a severe drought this year as earlier expected, thanks to the influence of the La Nina phenomenon, but careful water usage is still needed especially among rice farmers who have been told to wait for the right time to start farming.“The ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

New UN initiative to reduce plastic pollution from ASEAN cities

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the Government of Japan, today launched a new project which aims to reduce the environmental impact of cities in South East Asia by addressing plastic waste pollution in rivers ...

Bangkok breathes cleaner air during COVID-19 pandemic and experts want it to last

Analysis of air quality in Bangkok since the Thai government began enforcing strict social isolation measures has found significant drop in dangerous pollution levels of more than 20 per cent, as compared with the same time last year.The average levels of PM2.5 – tiny atmospheric ...

Jack Board

Agencies work on reforesting burned down forests

The Royal Forest Department (RFD) is making preparations to recover the recently burned down forested areas in Thailand’s North, the department’s director-general Attaphon Charoenchansa said.Attaphon added that he has instructed RFD officials to check the damaged areas and prohibited locals from invading the forest for ...

The Nation Reporter

Anti-wildlife trafficking groups target viral origin

Conservationists are demanding an end to the wildlife trade to stamp out the root cause of zoonotic outbreaks such as the coronavirus pandemic, which likely originated at a wet market in Wuhan, China and has infected more than 2,800 people in Thailand.Speaking at the Foreign ...

Thana Boonlert

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