DNP surveys growing Karen population

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plantation (DNP) has begun verifying the number of Karen people living in the Bang Kloi community in the Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi.

The department ordered a committee to run a verification process.

This comes after an unusual increase of occupants in the forest was detected by officials. It is possible that ethnic Karen people are expanding their farms to over 1,100 rai of forest land around the community, they say.

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