Thai authorities encourage the export of precious timber from private territories
According to reports in some Thai magazines, Thai authorities said they would issue an amendment to the forest law in the Royal Gazette in the next one to two months. By then, landowners will be able to cut down as many as 171 previously “reserved” or “rare” timber species without further authorization from the authorities.
This amendment to the Forest Law of 1941 will legalize the cutting of 158 “reserved” tree species, including teak, rubber wood of Parazhou, yellow sandalwood of olive color (i.e. sandalwood of Austria, yellow sandalwood of Barry, acid branch of flower, white acid branch) and sandalwood of toe (i.e. red acid branch, Siamese rose) as well as 13 other “rare” tree species.
The amendment will apply to the felling of trees on land of the following types of land deeds, which are full ownership, confirmation of ownership and right of notice of land possession.
Through this amendment, people will be encouraged to plant rare trees, or use them as collateral to obtain bank loans without obtaining permission from the authorities.
Wen Peng Chontam, Director of Legal Affairs of the Royal Thai Forest Bureau, explained that the amendment would encourage the owners of about 138 million Lai (22 million hectares) of land in Thailand to plant precious trees.