Picture courtesy of Thai PBS World

The Royal Forest Department launched a probe into allegations of land encroachment inside the Pang Asok woodlot.

The declare comes from Chaiwat Limlikhitaksorn, head of the Workplace of Nationwide Parks, who stumbled upon a disturbing sight: a backhoe and tractor clearing swathes of land purportedly for private achieve.

Chaiwat asserts that roughly 64 hectares stand despoiled, with a suspicious Sor Por Kor land certificates conveniently within the palms of a former Royal Forest Department workers member. Authorities wasted no time, swiftly seizing the heavy equipment as proof, now beneath lock and key at Mu Si Police Station till investigations conclude.

Surachai Achalaboon, chief of the Royal Forest Department, vows an intensive inquiry, whatever the accused’s present employment standing. He pledges scrutiny over each fallen tree, making certain no protected species suffered on this brazen act.

Moreover, Chaiwat drops one other bombshell, revealing a staggering 32,800 hectares throughout 142 nationwide parks and botanical gardens tainted by comparable Sor Por Kor certificates. Shockingly, some parcels lack correct demarcation, but acquired official recognition, casting doubt on the integrity of land administration, reported Thai PBS World.

With the Department of Nationwide Parks boasting precision in mapping expertise, questions come up in regards to the readiness of the One Map system.

In associated information, claims to farmland inside Khao Yai Nationwide Park have been strongly refuted final Sunday, February 18, by Thailand’s Department of Pure Assets, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP).

This got here in response to a current announcement by the Agricultural Land Reform Workplace (Alro) that roughly 2,933 rai of land inside Pak Chong district, a Unesco World Heritage web site space, have been designated as agricultural land for farmers.

DNP’s director-general, Athapol Charoenshunsa, confused that Sor Por Kor land entitlements can’t be granted to land recognized as a nationwide park space. His feedback adopted an on-site go to to the disputed space, alongside a staff from the DNP.

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