Rainforest in Thailand
Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej urged the Thai government to punish officials who allowed illegal logging which he blamed for worsening floods last year that left more than 1,000 people dead.
“Hardwood forests that are destroyed are difficult to recover,” he told Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and members of the Strategic Formulation Committee for Water Resource Management last Friday, according to the Bangkok Post. “The blame lies with some civil servants who are greedy and crave money.”
The King said replanting forests with both fast-growing pioneer species and slow-growing hardwoods could help buffer against severe flooding and landslides.
Over the weekend Yingluck said she would follow the King’s recommendations.