Relief for forest dwellers

New law allows use of resources without the fear of being accused of encroachment.Under the new National Parks Act, local communities may stay in a forest reserve and use its renewable resources.  Article 65 of this law opens a clear channel for mutual co-existence for ...

Chularat Saengpassa

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 ...

Forest and wildlife bills passed despite protests

The National Legislative Assembly yesterday passed two amendments to the forestry and wildlife bills, which for the first time will allow forest dwellers and communities with overlapping claims to continue living “lawfully” in the forest – under some conditions.The National Parks Act and the Wildlife ...

The Nation Reporter

SPECIAL REPORT: A painful judgement on land rights

The top court’s recent verdict in the case of karen forest dwellers has left them without their traditional land.Shortly after the helicopter took off, those left behind could hear the bamboo stalks breaking, making a sound like the crackling of wood burning in a fire.The ...

Piyaporn Wongruang

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