The question has to be asked: Who will profit from the Mae Wong Dam project (''Dams done in 5 years, says Plodprasop'', BP, Feb 10) which will flood part of a protected national park that happens to be an integral part of Thailand's remaining Western Forest Complex?
Certain nameless people have tried several times over the years to destroy parts of the largest system of protected rainforest left in mainland Southeast Asia (for example, the Nam Chon Dam project which was first proposed in 1966 and finally abandoned in 1988) and all credit to the Thai people that this important reserve of 17 protected areas covering 18,000 sq km along the border with Myanmar is still protected.
However these nameless people seem determined to try and destroy parts of this important reserve again, so let's start asking the hard questions _ who will profit from flooding parts of this reserve? And who will move in and ''remove'' the valuable trees before the land is flooded? Once we know that we will see who is responsible for the continued onslaught against the Thai people's natural heritage _ the rainforest.
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