On environmental impacts and public approval, the project’s infrastructure construction will focus on minimising the project’s impact on the environment and communities, while encouraging public participation said the transport minister.
Thai communities grapple with pollution in economic corridor
Landfill, waste sorting and recycling operations take over Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor, polluting traditional farmland
Amnesty International has slammed the draft law. The organization says it would grant Thai authorities sweeping new powers to place restrictions on foreign funding and NGOs’ activities, order surveillance and searches of NGO’s office and its members without judicial oversight.
At the summit, Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Varawut Silpa-archa provided an update on progress in drafting Thailand’s first ever Climate Change Act and use of the Bio-Circular-Green-Economy Model, marking Thailand’s steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to changing climate conditions ahead of COP26.
“We have been separating peace, justice, and the rule of law from each other. Actually, these three elements are the same thing. To create peace, we must also create justice, and the law must also be fair.”
Thai authorities want to cap the number of tourists at Maya Bay to rescue its stressed marine ecosystem. The iconic cove from “The Beach” had to be sealed off to the public after almost all its coral was destroyed.
“Even before the EEC, there was a troublesome lack of water in the eastern seaboard area,” said Somnuck Jongmeewasin, a conservationist and research director at EEC Watch. “In my local community, there’s a lack of water. If we want water, we have to buy and it’s very expensive. The industrial sector can get the water because they have money. This is the inequality.”
Thailand aims to only sell zero-emission vehicles in the country from 2035 as it works to transform itself from a Southeast Asian hub for the production of conventional autos to one making electric cars.