× Over 400 species of birds are known to occur within the Park’s boundaries, and 57 mammals. Larger mammals include elephant, gaur, sambar deer, banteng, serow, and bear, indo-chinese tiger, leopard, both common and Fea’s muntjac. Malayan tapir, white-handed gibbon, dusky and banded langurs, Asian wild dog, otter, and wild boar.

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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #3799 by WT admin
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A date to watch. On June 10th the IUCN will issue its advisory document to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on whether they agree or disagree with the inscription of the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex as a World Heritage Site, this year.

Will they or won't they? I think anyone who has visited knows it deserves it from a naturalists perspective, but there are other issues to be considered and requirements to be met.

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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #3800 by bootly66
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Well, hopefully they will be made to address the issue of the two tier pricing..... but I seriously doubt it. :whistle:

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2 years 4 months ago #3802 by Paul T
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Not hope in hell - pricing is just an internal administrative issue to Thailand and the DNP.

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2 years 4 months ago #3804 by onflipflops
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If IUCN agrees, what other steps follow before it will be a World Heritage Site?
Is it then simply waiting for the UNESCO committee to say yes or no?

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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #3805 by WT admin
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If they recommend, then the recommendation goes to the Committee via the WHC secretariat - the committee will then vote, so theres a potential for politics to play a part in the final process. The same with any UN committee - its a final decision by member states (or group thereof) based on information submitted to them and then answers to questions they may raise.

I have no inkling as to what the recommendation is but at least one Kariang support group had tried to protest their lack of inclusion and demand a return of historical hunting rotational farming (slash and burn) rights (I kid you not but I admit to being biased against Kariang claims because I ,personally, do not believe their current way of life to be sustainable in a national park scenario).

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2 years 4 months ago #3808 by onflipflops
Replied by onflipflops on topic June 10 2016
Thanks for the explanation.
The North of Thailand is a good example of why there should be no hunting rights for anybody in such a park, nowhere in the country.
Let's hope that somehow those people can be offered a good future outside the park to make them stop relying on the forest.

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2 years 4 months ago #3812 by WT admin
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I had to correct the text in my previous post as it was wrong. It was a call for rights to conduct swidden farming (AKA slash and burn).

A good example that swidden farming techniques are destructive is Mae Wong National Park - its been 29 years since the villagers were relocated and the forest still has still not reclaimed the old swidden fields.

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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #3815 by WT admin
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Actually to be fair - someone mentioned to me this weekend that if the swidden was allowed in a tightly controlled area, based on currently denuded areas, and not allowed to expand outside those areas then it would not be such a hardship to the animals in greater scheme of things. I have to say I found this quite reasonable.


Heres where you will find the recommendation when its published ........

www.iucn.org/world-heritage-committee/iu...ons/nominations-2016

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