9 agencies ink MOU on deforestation


BANGKOK, 10 May 2012  – Nine agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on deforestation to mutually counter the recurring problem. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Yongyuth Wichaidit, on Wednesday, presided over the signing of an MOU on forest conservation and deforestation suppression among nine agencies, including the Interior Ministry, the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, the Defense Ministry, the Royal Thai Armed Forces, the Royal Thai Army, the Royal Thai Navy, the Royal Thai Air Force and the Royal Thai Police.

Mr. Yongyuth stated that Their Majesties the King and Queen have expressed the desire to see the Thai forests protected from the ongoing deforestation. Thus, it is essential that all agencies collaborate in protecting the forests and suppress deforestation in order to fully revive the environment.

Meanwhile, Interior Permanent Secretary Pranai Suwannarat said that deforestation for business and agricultural purposes is a chronic problem, which is the main cause of natural disasters and global warming. With its existing regional and local networks nationwide, the Ministry of Interior hopes that the collaboration with other agencies will yield a more efficient outcome in preventing the problem of deforestation.