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Informational Basis of Policy Judgments: The Case of the Royal Forest Department of Thailand

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This report presents a preliminary analysis of policy formation in the area of forest management in Thailand. Despite its remarkable record of industrialization and economic growth, the country still has a large agricultural population that is in daily interaction with the natural environment. With the majority of people living in the countryside, policies on land use have a significant impact, not only on the conservation of biodiversity but also on the welfare of local people. Because of both an increasing scarcity of land and the emphasis on forest protection for the conservation of biodiversity, forest land has become a “politicized space” over which local people, government, and private industry strive for control (Sato 2000). Any initiative regarding land use must, therefore, be planned within this context; otherwise, the policies adopted will be neither socially nor ecologically sustainable.

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  • Forest Land
  • National Park
  • Forest Reserve
  • Forest Policy
  • Informational Basis

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Sato, J. (2003). Informational Basis of Policy Judgments: The Case of the Royal Forest Department of Thailand. In: Inoue, M., Isozaki, H. (eds) People and Forest — Policy and Local Reality in Southeast Asia, the Russian Far East, and Japan. Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, vol 3. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-2554-5_11

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