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Maritime areas in Chumphon’s Pathio district declared environmental protection zones

The Thai cabinet endorsed an edict by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment today (Tuesday), declaring specific areas in Pak Khlong, Chum Kho, Bang Son and Saphli sub-districts in Pathio district of the southern province of Chumphon to be environmental protection zones, in which ...

Community Forestry for the Local Economy [Video]

Tan-Yong-Mu-Long, community in the southern province of Songkhla to see how ‘community forestry’ helps people there, sustain their livelihoods. Keep watching ...

New Unesco heritage bid for forest site

Thailand will push ahead with another attempt to secure Unesco World Heritage site status for the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex at the annual World Heritage Convention this month, said Varawut Silpa-archa, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.The country’s largest national park, covering a 2.9-million rai ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Landless Thais get homes in mangrove forest in conservation push

Thai authorities have reached an agreement with a landless community that will allow villagers to live in a mangrove forest if they help protect the area, a unique collaboration that could work across the country, land rights groups said.Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between ...

Get Army out of our woods, Sa Kaeo residents demand

Fifty residents of Aranyaprathet district in Sa Kaeo filed a letter of complaint at the Parliament Building on Thursday (January 16) over the Army’s request to continue using Royal Forest Department woodland there for another 30 years.A community survey conducted in September found residents unanimous ...

The Nation Reporter

Asian Governments Banking On Social Forestry To Sustain Reforestation Efforts

A village group in Indonensia’s Kalimantan Island plants a small community fuelwood plantation. A Vietnamese landowner plants trees along her field as a living fence and as source of fuelwood. Filipino farmers plant trees that they will sell later to  a local paer mill, for ...

Dr. Michael A. Bengwayan

Two more Thai marine parks declared ASEAN heritage parks

Two southern Thailand national parks have been recognised as ASEAN heritage parks at this week’s 15th ASEAN environment ministers’ meeting in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the home of Angkor Wat. Warawut Silpa-archa, Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, told reporters the ASEAN environment ministers voted ...

Khao Yai elephant carcass dismembered

The corpse of one wild elephant has been dismembered and removed from Haew Narok waterfall as the operation to clear the area was battered by heavy rains over Khao Yai National Park on Friday.Park officials, with help from veterinarians and volunteers of the Disaster Response ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Villagers face greater threat under new national parks law

New national parks will impose stricter penalties to further limit the rights of farmers and indigenous people, land rights activists and analysts said on Friday, after a series of convictions highlighted their vulnerability.Under the National Parks Act, which was unveiled by the government last week ...

New forestry law has harsher penalties for encroachers and illegal loggers

Forest encroachers caught clearing land or burning trees, in any of Thailand’s national parks or gardens, in order to occupy the land, will soon face jail terms of up to 20 years and/or a fine of as much as two million baht under the new ...

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