Can we kiss goodbye to our forests? Green groups won the first round when they forced Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk to halt the issuance of land documents in certain protected areas.
A part of the forest area in Wang Nam Khieo district in Nakhon Ratchasima where illegal resorts have been built. Suspension of arrests and a new plan for issuing rights to deteriorated forest land has raised fears of further encroachment and illegal construction. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD
The Royal Forest Department had to scrap its plan to issue Sor Tor Kor land occupation right documents to some 15,000 poor families living on about 300,000 rai of so-called deteriorated forest in nine northern and northeastern provinces.