Open letter to your Excellency Minister of Agriculture and Cooperation General Chatchai Sarikalaya
WWF-Thailand would like to bring a few points to your consideration: 2.1) The Mae Wong forest connects the upper and lower Western Forest Complex and this whole area should be managed as a natural forest watershed to supply the upper Chao Phraya river basin and the Mae Klong river basin.
Mae Wong contains natural teak forest, one of only two such forests left in Thailand. Building Mae Wong dam would irreversibly destroy this important natural resource that is a national heritage to all Thai people.
Mae Wong forest is important for its unique lowland riverine habitat, which is crucial to the survival of many rare wildlife species. There are not many of these landscapes left in Thailand and they should be protected and managed for future generations.
Mae Wong forest is a great example of successful tiger conservation in Thailand. This is one of only a few places in the world where the tiger population is increasing. This is a great achievement for Thailand and helps the Thai government fulfil its international commitment to global tiger conservation. The tiger is an indicator of a healthy ecosystem. If tiger conservation is successful, this protects other species and the whole ecosystem, thus providing many benefits for human communities. WWF-Thailand, therefore, issues this open letter directly to Your Excellency to request that you not consider using Article 44 to approve Mae Wong dam construction and all other projects with destructive effects on the environment.