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Environment Min urges collaboration to fight deforestation

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Environment Min urges collaboration to fight deforestation

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 10 November 2014 (NNT) â€" The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has encouraged all sides to join forces in combating deforestation, insisting that related laws will need to be amended for more effective enforcement.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Gen Dapong Rattanasuwan today attended a seminar on a project to integrate efforts for sustainable protection of national forest resources held at Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima province. Other participants included those from concerned ministries and departments as well as police and military officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations and the general public.

To the attendants, Gen Dapong insisted that it was necessary for them to work together to find solutions to environmental problems in the country in line with the policy of the National Council for Peace and Order and engage all sectors in the effort to clamp down on human threats to the environment, especially deforestation, encroachment on forestland and wildlife trade.

The minister affirmed that any laws and ministerial regulations that contained loopholes or could not be enforced practically would be adjusted for higher efficiency. At the seminar, the attending officials also exchanged opinions and knowledge related to several issues, such as the logging of endangered Siamese rosewood, the channels to accept reports on illegal logging, and measures for handling the culprits and the confiscated woods.

For the problem of land encroachment, Gen Dapong said inspections would be vigorously conducted on plantations, residences, resorts and any establishments situated in questionable areas in order to verify whether the title deeds had been properly issued to the owners.


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