Environmental protection announcement for 52 islands following encroachment

 Environmental protection announcement for 52 islands following encroachment

Sairee-Beach in Koh Tao. Photo: Benutzer Koki.




BANGKOK, June 23 – Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment issued an announcement to protect the environment of 52 islands in the Ko Samui and Ko Pha-ngan islands in Surat Thani province after encroachment deteriorated their conditions.

Noppadol Thiyajai, deputy secretary-general of the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) under the ministry, said that expanding tourism affected the environment of many islands in both island groups and severe impacts happened to catchment areas, swamp forests, mangrove forests, beaches and cliffs.

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