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By Yostorn Triyos |
<p>The &quot;Forest Reclamation Policy,&rdquo; led to regulations to stop encroachment on forest resources in 2014. Enforcement resulted in more than 46,000 villagers around the country being arrested and sued. &nbsp;Most were villagers who lived on, or had land plots that overlapped with, forest preserve areas in various ways.</p>
By Yostorn Triyos, Realframe |
<p>In news reports less than 10 years ago, the new problem of PM2.5 dust was added to news items in the Thai media of forest fires and the problem of haze caused by forest fires and crop burning. This has led to a clear concrete policy shift, since it has a direct impact on the lives of the middle class in the country&rsquo;s large cities, especially major centres like Bangkok and tourist spots like Chiang Mai Province. With an unidentifiable origin, smog, forest fires and PM2.5 have by implication become the same thing.</p>