20 Aug '11, 7am

Environment groups back crackdown on intruders in Thailand

Bangkok (The Nation/ANN) - Seven Thai environment groups on Friday offered their backing for ongoing crackdowns against land encroachment in the Wang Nam Kheow area in Nakhon Ratchasima in northeastern Thailand. Speaking at a press conference in Bangkok, the groups also urged the creation of a longterm management plan to deal with the issue, which should also involve participation and feedback from the public sector and communities in Thailand. Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) acting manager Thongchai Phansawas said the support, although symbolic, should be encouraging for the Royal Forest Department and the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department. In addition to state policies over management of forests and land, Thongchai said the public sector and communities in Thailand should play a role in enforcing those policies because they were regularly th...

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