SPECIAL REPORT: New forest policy over conflicting claims needs widening public participation

Somsak Saelao’s community of Pang Kob is isolated, situated close to the top of the Khun Nan mountain, and follows the traditional way of life of the Hmong hilltribe.

Pang Kob is in fact located deep in the Khun Nan National Park, surrounded by the lush forest, where boundaries of the community and the park are hard to define. Neither, for that matter, are the rights over land of the eight households and 13 families there.

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Piyaporn Wongruang