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Dept shelves plan to issue forest land rights to poor

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A Royal Forest Department project to allocate land rights documents to forest dwellers has been shelved, after environmentalists objected. 

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk said yesterday he has instructed the department to shelve its plan until further study is carried out to make sure forest land will not be harmed.

The department planned to issue land rights documents to some 15,000 forest dwellers. Staff will examine the forest areas to be allocated to the land occupiers to make sure the project will not harm the forest land as claimed by protesters, he said.

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