The government should exercise more discretion in determining whether projects that are harmful to the environment or public health should be approved, academics say.
Prof Thienchai Na Nakorn, a lecturer at Sukhothai Thammathirat University's law school, said that while communities have taken part in environmental and health impact assessments (EHIAs), the decision of the people has not been taken into account in the final results.
This has prompted some critics to express dissent through banners and protest. In the industrial sector, corporate social responsibility has been used as a psychological strategy to calm down residents in certain areas.
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