Academic journal article Southeast Asian Affairs

Downgrading of Environmental Concerns

Academic journal article Southeast Asian Affairs

Downgrading of Environmental Concerns

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In pursuit of its populist agenda the government did take a number of measures that kept it in good standing with the environmental lobby. It opened the sluice gates of the Pak Mool irrigation/hydropower dam --- seen by the AOP as necessary to facilitate fish breeding --- initially for a trial six months, then another six months after further AOP representations. In November 2001, the House of Representatives passed a Community Forestry Bill initiated outside Parliament by civil society groups, giving extensive control over the forests to local organizations. (By year's end it was making slow progress through the Senate.) In November, the government announced the closing of a lead mine in a national park, though it appeared to reverse the decision two months later.20

The government failed, however, to make any decisions on controversial development projects with important environmental implications --- the Thai- Malaysian gas pipeline, two coal power plants in Prachuap Khiri Khan, and the Klong Dan waste water treatment project --- despite repeated promises that a decision was imminent. …

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