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Thailand on front line of war against nature

Re: "Khao Yai forest escapes UN danger list", National, June 19.

Thailand's largest forests are not large by world standards, so the very few comparatively large forests here should be kept natural and expanded in size.

Thailand has been waging war on nature, and nature is losing every battle. It's the Chinese-style attitude: "Nature is okay for picture books, but it must be continually cleared away for ever-increasing numbers of people." Additionally, many Thais don't seem to care that their cities and towns have a paucity of parks, and that those they do have are small. Lumpini is the largest park in Bangkok, at 360 rai, but that is tiny considering the size of the city and its population. Plus, like other city parks in Thailand, Lumpini is between 20 and 80 per cent covered with concrete or asphalt.

Ken Albertsen

Chiang Rai


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