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Posted 2011-09-25 08:21:45
New national park chief says deforestation goes rampant
BANGKOK, 25 September 2011 (NNT)- The Director-General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has ruled out political involvement in the recent reshuffle of officials.
Newly appointed chief of the National Parks Department Damrong Pidet confirmed that the reshuffle was actually aimed at putting the right people on the right jobs, not a move to eliminate anyone’s enemies or promote anyone’s cronies as some people may understand.
Mr Damrong stressed that what the public should pay most attention to was not the transfer but rampant deforestation. He disclosed that illegal wood loggers were growing in number and becoming influential, putting rare species, particularly Siamese Rose Wood under threat.
The new national park department chief also admitted that some officials in the department conspired with these people, adding that even related agencies were reluctant to help solve the problem.
Mr Damrong said the most efficient officials had been put in charge of three major national parks where rare species are at risk
-- NNT 2011-09-25
Posted 2011-09-25 10:41:03
At present the lives of the people in central Thailand are disrupted by the flooding. At the end of the dry season the annual recurring forest fires are making life unpleasant for the people of northern Thailand.
These forest fires and the rampant deforestation in northern Thailand, which seems to be unstoppable, are contributing to the flooding.
The first barrier to stop the rainwater flow off are the forests and their humus layer. The more chance the water gets to seep into the soil, the less flow off there will be.
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation employs some highly intelligent and capable people but they are powerless against "the corrupt big people" this country is full off. Some major Law changes are necessary before effective policing can be done.
Posted 2011-09-25 11:03:14
The Forestry Department is up against an enemy determined to profit from the cutting of rare and valuable hardwood trees.
This forest cover is essential in areas where clear cutting causes severe runoff and endangers human lives.
My simple solution.
Set up a dedicated management team, well trained with all available technology, off road vehicles, boats, helicopter and weapons.
Post signs at all roads into protected forest areas stating that cutting trees is a crime.
"WARNING! You are entering a protected forest area, anyone cutting timber will be shot on sight Have a nice day!"
(I await the legal team).
Posted 2011-09-25 12:48:00
Actually the yearly forest fires are a good thing as they burn off a years accumalation of debrie. Instead of suppressing every fire as they have done in the states the yearly fires burn mostly the yearly accumalation and doesn't burn the trees.
Posted 2011-09-25 15:37:50
Ah, but of course ... corruption.
Despite all of new Director-General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation's best efforts and most sincere intentions to stop the Thai government official's devouring corruption, he can but fail.
May Buddha bless him ... but, they are Thai government officials ... and, this is, after all, Thailand ... where corruption is stronger than Buddhism.
Posted 2011-09-25 15:52:22
Since living in Chiang Mai for quite some tme, I've seen, without exaggeration, at least 100,00 rai of woodland been cut down. Ironically, some of this is not very far from forestry stations. Much of the burn off smoke is actually from Burma, tho' the Thai and hilltribe farmers and foragers don't help matters.There's also the theory that smoke will mask satellite pics of the area of illegal logging.
Edited by scotbeve, 2011-09-25 15:53:51.
Posted 2011-09-26 05:59:44
Sadly this is another case of greed trumps good. I hope the government shuffle does some good to preserve what's left of the forests.
Posted 2011-09-26 06:16:36
Maybe they can employ Gen. Panlop. He stated he had experience leading 'Death Squads'.
Posted 2011-09-29 21:31:10
Sometimes it takes a "switch" to whip the department in to shape