Protests fail to stop dam in World Heritage site

Late last month, Thailand’s cabinet approved the construction of the Huay Samong dam, which will inundate part of the World Heritage listed Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex.

The multi-million dollar project is expected to flood large areas of forest in Thap Lan and Pang Sida national parks. Construction is now cleared to proceed despite objections from the National World Heritage Committee and environmental activists, who questioned the validity of the 2003 Environmental Impact Assessment of the project.

With parts of Thailand suffering from severe drought and flooding in recent times, the dam may help communities and farmers not displaced. However, a recent global study highlights dams as both a key threat to biodiversity and an outdated approach to water management.

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One thought on “Protests fail to stop dam in World Heritage site

  1. Really sad to hear this news and well done to all who fought against it. Will be a big loss to the integrity of the WHS and of course to the wildlife that are live in Thap Lan and Pang Sida.

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