“My goal is to teach people to feel pity for these animals and love them instead.”
“Dams have stolen our water. We don’t know how long the (Mekong) river has got.”
Thailand’s water-resources chief responds to local farmers complained that dams in China were choking the waterway on which millions depend for their livelihoods.
The Mekong represents a key test case as it is home to perhaps the highest profile conflicts over hydropower development today.
All 76 provinces across the country have been ordered to begin digging for water as part of urgent state measures to fight a drought which has already parched 18 provinces.
Ministry of Agriculture spokesman says building more dams will not help the situation as there are already enough and that the problem is solely due to the climate.
Calling for authorities to drop any legal action against villagers for forest encroachment, he said P-Move is overseeing 81 cases of alleged forest encroachment.