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Phichit main lake to be monkey cheek

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PHICHIT ― Provincial authorities on Thursday resolved to turn Bung Si Fai, the country's third largest lake and home to more than 100 bird species, into a so-called "monkey cheek" or water retention area to store and drain water alternately during the dry and rainy seasons. 

Bung Si Fai, one of the country’s protected wetlands. (Photos by Kosol Nakachol)

The decision also means that Bung Si Fai, which covers 5,300 rai of marshland, will be removed as a designated site under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, better known as the Ramsar Convention. 

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