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  • THAILAND

    Seeds of hope in forest fight

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 14/07/2013

    » Thap Lan National Park chief Taywin Meesap guides a team of rangers to a plot showing some signs of progress in the battle to win back land lost to forest encroachment.

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    Shots in the park threaten nation's endangered species

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 10/02/2013

    » It was the shooting of the cat-sized krachong (mouse deer) that really made Kaeng Krachan National Park chief Chaiwat Limlikhitaksorn angry. He and a team of park officials had just arrested a group of illegal hunters who had shot the krachong for sport, along with more than 100 rare giant Asian river frogs, in November of last year inside the park.

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    Elephant slaughter: The gangs get bold

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 05/05/2013

    » In early March, Kaeng Krachan National Park chief Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn was outraged to learn of another elephant killing in the area he oversees. A female elephant about 15 years old was discovered close to Krarang 3 Reservoir shot in the head and brutally axed, milk still flowing from her breast. Investigators reasoned that the elephant had a baby with her at the time of the killing.

  • THAILAND

    A walk in the park: Business as usual at 'encroaching' resorts

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 30/12/2012

    » oDwn a path leading into dense bush at Thap Lan National Park, Chaloem Jainok and her family are busy gathering wood for a New Year's Eve bonfire they're planning to hold at their resort, Ban Thong Kham. The resort has been fully booked since early this month, filling up with holiday revellers and those planning to see in the New Year here.

  • THAILAND

    Park rangers train sights on logging gang targets

    News, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 07/07/2013

    » Senior park ranger Chatchai Laikrathok successfully finished his shooting training course yesterday _ most of his bullets, however, failed to hit their paper target 10m away.

  • THAILAND

    Wild elephants on the edge of existence

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 13/04/2014

    » ‘Stop the truck and turn the lights off now!” shouted 57-year-old Somporn Mee-im to his colleague, Mai, driving the pickup.

  • THAILAND

    Tigers' final frontier

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 23/02/2014

    » Park ranger Onsa peers out from under his cap and raises an antenna, scanning for radio signals from deep in the thick forests of Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • THAILAND

    Voices of the dammed

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 17/11/2013

    » Thong feels lost in both senses of the word. After being told the plan to build a dam on the nearby Mae Wong stream had been revived, the cassava farmer, who preferred to use a pseudonym, feels defeated in his campaign to oppose the project. He is also unsure of which direction his life will take in the wake of the decision.

  • THAILAND

    Paving a piece of paradise

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 27/10/2013

    » Dech Khieonarong is one of many residents of Tak's Umphang district who cheered when the government announced it was reviving a plan to construct a new road from Khlong Lan to the remote town in the midst of a protected wilderness. Weary of traversing the 164km of arduous road with, by his count, more than 1,000 hairpin curves, he volunteered to head a committee of locals to push for the construction of the ''new'' Khlong Lan-Umphang road, a large part of which was actually constructed more than 40 years ago by the military as part of its efforts to suppress communist insurgents. The military managed to cut 115km of road through the deep forest inside Mae Wong National Park, 30km from Umphang in the 1970s. The military backed off on completing the road to Umphang because of objections that it would compromise the Western Forest Complex. Over the years the military road fell into disuse and is now overgrown and impassable in some places.

  • THAILAND

    Dam activist hits the road ... all 388km of it

    News, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 15/09/2013

    » At the age of 45, environmental activist Sasin Chalermlarp admits that embarking on the most physically gruelling mission of his life is ''not fun at all''.

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