Fighting for our forests

Fighting for our forests

Aided by technology, the new RFD chief vows to combat illegal logging

The new chief of the Royal Forest Department, Attapol Charoenchansa (inset), says he has the technology and knowledge to battle illegal logging. (Creative Commons via panda.org)
The new chief of the Royal Forest Department, Attapol Charoenchansa (inset), says he has the technology and knowledge to battle illegal logging. (Creative Commons via panda.org)

Attapol Charoenchansa, the newly-appointed chief of the Royal Forest Department (RFD), says he will be making use of his 30 years of experience to expand the country's forested area and deal with those involved with deforestation.

Mr Attapol, 52, who is also a commander of the RFD's Forest Protection Command, was appointed two weeks ago by the cabinet to take up the top job at the RFD, which has been vacant for almost a year.

The graduate of Kasetsart University's Faculty of Forestry replaced Chonlatit Surasawadi, the former chief of the RFD, who has been moved to an inactive post at the Office of the Prime Minister.

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