Environmental officials meet on eastern water-basin restoration

Friday, 13 June 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 24 By  Surasak Huasoon

Environmental officials hope restoration of Eastern Seaboard water basins will slow the climate change that is reshaping Thailand.

Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho met with officials from the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), climate change expert Sitanont Jetsadaphat and local government workers to brainstorm ideas to preserve water basins.

Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho leads a meeting to brainstorm ideas to preserve water basins.Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho leads a meeting to brainstorm ideas to preserve water basins.

The group was told climate changes in Thailand currently include annual increases in rainfall in almost all areas with each rainy season stronger than the one before. Summers are longer than before and temperatures are gradually rising.

The ONEP, part of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, is making preparations to handle the changes in water basins to restore natural resources. Last year it began projects to restore Songkla Lake and the surrounding area.

In 2014, restorations will continue on the Eastern Seaboard in Chonburi, Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Rayong, Trat, Nakon Nayok, Prachinburi, and Srakaew.

The meeting was the first to brainstorm ideas and collect suggestions on analyzing risks to areas facing climate changes, including predicting the severity and effects on local communities.

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