Thai forests making a comeback

BANGKOK, 8 August 2019: Thailand has added five new national parks around the country part of a project that started back in 2016.

The government said the introduction of the new parks completed this year also marks the beginning of the reign of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (Rama X).

The Tourism Authority of Thailand explained earlier this week that the addition of the new parks between 2016 and 2019 was part of Thailand’s 20-Year National Strategic Plan.

The plan’s core target calls for an increase in protected forest cover to reach 5% of the entire country by 2037.

There are currently 133 national parks in Thailand. Khao Yai National park is the country’s first (established 1962) and Tham Sa Koen National Park in Nan the last designated during the reign of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

During 2016 to 2019, Thailand added 331,952 rai (53,120 hectares) in forest cover to its national park system. It brings the total forested area in Thailand to over 102,488 million rai, representing 31.68% of all the landmass nationwide.

Another 22 national parks are in the process of being established. These include 11 land national parks and 11 marine national parks, totalling 44 million rai or 13% of all area nationwide.