Attaphon added that he has instructed RFD officials to check the damaged areas and prohibited locals from invading the forest for agricultural benefits. Officials have also been tasked with estimating the damages and classifying the forest.
The department will also call on the general public to help with the recovery operation such as planting new trees.
“We have created 622 village networks across the country to deal with forest fires. Each village has been given Bt50,000 to fund their forest-saving operations,” he said.
Apart from these village-level networks, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has created 180 networks to recover the damaged forested land.
RFD and DNP have prepared 50 million and 16 million seedlings respectively to plant in forests in the North.
Published : April 27, 2020
By : THE NATION