During her visit to Tajikistan, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra mentioned the government's 350-billion-baht water management scheme in her speech at the International Conference on Water Cooperation. She said the scheme ''includes the rehabilitation of ecosystems ...''
In fact nothing could be further from the truth.
Firstly, it's government policy that destroys riverine ecosystems. This includes a nationwide programme of dredging, and channelising streams and building embankments to prevent natural flooding of lowland stream verges. The effect is to remove the trees and vegetation which provide wildlife habitats and stabilise stream banks, while stream velocities and erosion increase.
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