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× 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.

June 10 2016

01 Jun 2016 14:27 - 01 Jun 2016 14:30 #3799 by WT admin
June 10 2016 was created by WT admin
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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01 Jun 2016 15:35 - 01 Jun 2016 15:36 #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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01 Jun 2016 16:09 #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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01 Jun 2016 17:13 #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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01 Jun 2016 19:36 - 02 Jun 2016 10:42 #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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01 Jun 2016 20:46 #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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02 Jun 2016 10:52 #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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05 Jun 2016 10:48 - 05 Jun 2016 10:53 #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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20 Jun 2016 08:24 #3861 by WT admin
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Alas, this year it is potentially not to be, the recommendation has been to be referred once again....

"Refers the nomination of the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thailand) back to the State Party, taking note of the strong potential for this property to meet criterion (x), in order to allow it to more fully address the concerns that have been raised by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights concerning Karen communities within the Kaeng Krachan National Park, including the implementation of a participatory process to resolve rights and livelihoods concerns and to achieve a consensus of support for the nomination that is fully consistent with the principle of free, prior and informed consent;
4. Encourages the State Party to consider nominating the property also under criterion (ix);
5. Also encourages the State Party to continue the commendable initiatives on future biological connectivity opportunities, including those between the
nominated property and Thungyai - Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries in Thailand and, working in partnership with the State Party of Myanmar, between the nominated property and neighbouring transnational protected areas within the Taninthaya Forest Corridor in Myanmar;
6. Commends the State Party and partner NGOs for their increased efforts to address improved conservation management within the nominated property, including improved anti-poaching patrol systems, community engagement in Kui Buri National Park dealing with human/elephant conflict, and enhanced ecological research and monitoring, and encourages the State Party to continue with these efforts."


So the ball is now back with the DNP and the GoT to improve their plan and its execution for community involvement. The other possibility would be when the member states vote on whether to inscribe or not at their meeting next month (July 10 - 20th). That failing - the case would be reviewed again next year if the recommendation of referral is passed at the vote.

Full text is here......... whc.unesco.org/archive/2016/whc16-40com-inf8B2-Add-en.pdf

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20 Jun 2016 11:19 #3862 by onflipflops
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I wonder how exactly they would like the DNP/ Thai Government to take care of this problem.
Would supplying new homes outside the park to these communities be considered correct, or not? The question is if these communities would want to move or not...
Does anyone know how many people live in those communities?

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