IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND THAI FOLK WISDOM (1)
One of the most serious problems which Thailand faces
is the problem of environmental degradation. The effect of recent industrial
development of the country on the environment is devastating. Deforestation
and pollution affects the whole environment including climate, and also
the health and well–being of the Thai nation. It is not surprising
that the issue of public participation in environmental protection appears
at the centre of Thai public attention. The task of environmental protection
is not the responsibility of government, NGOs, or active middle class.
Recent Thai political history witnessed the rise of environmental self-consciousness
of the rural population in Thailand(2). In recent years
there has been a mass movement of villagers in different localities
against the plans of industrial development in those localities. The
description and the analysis of that movement would exceed the limits
of this article. Instead this article, the existing law on public participation
in the matter of environmental protection will be briefly outlined.
It will be shown that Thai law, at least in this area, has need of Thai
The author is a law lecturer at School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences,
Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand. He completed his PhD
law research both in Moscow (Russia) and in Glasgow (the UK). For comments
he can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
More details about legal themes in Thai folktales see the book of the
author: Thai Folktales and Law. Chiang Mai, Acts: 2004.
(2)For general survey of interaction of politics and
environmental protection in Thailand see: Bello W., Cunningham S., Poh
L.Kh. A Siamese Tragedy. – London: Zed Books, 1998. And
Pasuk Phongpachit, Baker Ch. Thailand’s Boom and Bust. – Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 1998.
Published in The Chulalongkorn Law Journal