Forest areas in Thailand have been shrinking at an alarming rate. Between 1973 and 2009, 30.9 million rai of land was cleared of trees, according to a study by Khwanchai Duangsathaporn, assistant professor at the Department of Forest Management, Faculty of Forestry at Kasetsart University.
Forest land in Thailand has dwindled and the government has set a target to increase forest land to 40% of the country, from the current 33%.
Various destructive factors contributed to the loss. To put the spotlight on the culprits, Khwanchai unveiled in his recent study the top eight infrastructure construction projects that are most responsible for taking away forest land in the past four decades, although the list of these constructions are among many other causes of deforestation, such as land encroachment and tourism.
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