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Koh Taen island locals, located in the Koh Samui district, handed in a petition yesterday in opposition to the Division of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation’s (DNP) plan. The proposal is to incorporate the island, together with its neighbouring space, in the soon-to-be-established Hat Khanom-Mu Koh Thale Tai National Park. This has sparked controversy among the many locals, who level out that the island has an already established neighborhood courting again over 200 years.

The district chief, Kampanat Klinsaowakon, obtained the petition from Thanakom Ruenpanich, the chief of the Rak Koh Taen Membership, who was accompanied by a delegation of 58 locals. The letter, which was addressed to Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, demanded the cancellation of the island’s inclusion in the national park.

In keeping with Thanakom, Koh Taen is dwelling to a minimum of 300 locals who primarily work in coconut plantations and the fisheries business. The island not solely homes a faculty, hospital, and monastery but in addition boasts a wealthy biodiversity that pulls many conservationists. Its highlights embrace a coral reef and a mangrove forest.

The federal government has reportedly permitted plans to put in submarine digital cables on the island. Nonetheless, the DNP’s proposal to include the island’s land and waters, extending a minimum of three nautical miles across the island, in addition to ten neighbouring isles in tambon Taling Ngam into the national park, has been met with resistance.

The locals argue that this is able to create points associated to environmental preservation and their livelihoods, as many depend on revenue earned from working in these areas. They additional declare that sure areas – Koh Taen, Koh Rab, and Koh Mudsum – have land deeds connected to native plantations, rendering their inclusion pointless, reported Bangkok Submit.

Thanakom added that the proposal would additionally affect the submarine cable venture geared toward bringing electrical energy from the mainland. Regardless of the controversy, the national park posted on Fb that the DNP had already excluded 73,197 rai out of the 197,614 rai of the park’s potential space for the reason that venture commenced in 1990.

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