Phetchabun national park road proposal put on hold

THE NATIONAL Environment Board has resolved against the Highways Department’s proposal to expand roads in Phetchabun province’s Nam Nao National Park, saying the proposal should be reviewed and other feasible options considered.

Phetchabun national park road proposal put on hold

The board, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, considered the proposal in which the department aimed to expand the road cutting through 40 kilometres of the national park.

Activists fume over plan to use Article 44 for dam

ENVIRONMENTAL groups have strongly opposed a plan by the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry to seek invocation of special powers under Article 44 of the post-coup interim charter to commence construction of the controversial Mae Wong dam in Nakhon Sawan province.

In a statement released by the 19 organisations yesterday, they said Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister General Chatchai Sarikulya wanted to implement a project that was against the government's reforestation campaign.

Govt agencies support Phu Kradueng cable-car project

MOST STATE agencies have agreed on the proposal to build cable cars to Phu Kradueng National Park, but want the project to strictly follow relevant laws as well as conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

The decision on the Phu Kradueng cable-car project was disclosed to the Cabinet Wednesday, with the majority on the government side supporting the plan. However, the Seub Nakhasathien Foundation and other opposition groups objected, saying it will be in conflict with the management principles of the natural preserve.

Environment group apposes Phu Kradueng cable-car project

The Seub Nakhasathien Foundation said Thursday it was opposed to the cable car planned to run to the mountaintop of Phu Kradueng National Park and would thoroughly study the scheme’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) report to support its disagreement.

The plan breached the park’s intention laid out over 50 years ago that it be preserved because it was blessed with the most natural diversity, with nature trails from the base to the mountaintop, foundation secretary-general Panudet Kerdmali said.

Bill opens door to graft

Academics and environmentalists have voiced concerns about the threats posed to forest reserves and wildlife sanctuaries by the proposed legislation which was endorsed by the cabinet and is now being scrutinised by the Council of State.

Seub Nakhasathien Foundation chairman Sasin Chalermlarp warned that pristine rain catchment forests could be opened up for ore mining operations if the areas are found to have a high potential for mineral deposits. Simple consent from the minister of natural resources and environment is enough to start mineral ore prospecting.