UNESCO World Heritage Centre has acknowledged the plight of Bangkloi Karen villagers

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has responded to the Bangkloi indigenous Karen people’s petition, for the centre to delay its consideration of Thailand’s application for Kaeng Krachan national park to…

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Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn – the national park chief known for his narrow escapes

Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn has courted danger and controversy many times in his civil service career, but so far, he’s come out on top. Lauded for taking tough action against forest encroachers,…

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Protesters hold a “Save Bangkloi” banner in front of a line of police officers during a land rights demonstration held by members of the Karen indigenous community outside the Government House in Bangkok on February 15, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Examining the deep roots of Thailand’s dispute with ethnic Karen forest-dwellers

The hashtag #SaveBangKloi is spreading fast through social media, as Thai netizens campaign to defend ethnic Karen forest dwellers in Phetchaburi’s Kaeng Krachan National Park from further violence and eviction.   This long-running…

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Offcials from the National park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department tried to negotiate with Karen in the national park. This photo was taken in February, 2021.

Thai government to negotiate with Karens residing in national park

Karens in the upper Bangkloi village, in Kaeng Krachan National Park of Phetchaburi province, are proposing that the National park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department allocate 2.4 hectares to each…

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(Photo) We Love Kaeng Kracha Facebook page

Thailand given 3 years to resolve 3 issues before resubmitting KKFC proposal

Former Thai ambassador to France, and head of the Thai delegation at the World Heritage Committee meeting (WHC), Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, reported today (July 8th) that the UNESCO WHC has…

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Thailand lobbies for a seat on UNESCO-WHC as Kaeng Krachan listing hits snag

Thailand has been lobbying for support from 21 state parties, at the 43rd ordinary session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Baku in the capital of Azerbaijan, for the…

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(Photo) We Love Kaeng Krachan Facebook page

UNESCO yet to consider Kaeng Krachan forest as natural world heritage site

UNESCO’s 43rd World Heritage Committee, meeting in Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku, postponed consideration of Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan forest complex (KKFC) from Friday to today (July 6th) due to unresolved issues…

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3 major dams are now over 80 percent full

Three major dams on the southwestern part of the country are now more than 80 percent full although the end of the rainy season is about three months away.  …

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