Last Saturday Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, who is chairman of the government's Water Management and Flood Prevention Commission, proposed to implement the Mae Wong Dam and resurrect the Kaeng Sua Ten Dam as part of the huge flood-prevention package now being formulated. Neither of these dams, if implemented, would offer enough flood prevention to offset the damage caused to forests and wildlife.
Avillager at a tree ordination ceremony inMaeYomNational Park where a teak forest andmany villages arethreatened by the planned construction of the Kaeng SuaTenDam. PRASITTIPORN KALAONSRI
Mr Plodprasop furthermore stated that the government would carry out environmental impact assessments for each project and minimise the negative effects. He would replace each affected forest area with three times the amount of additional forest land. This is laudable provided that it could be done.
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