On January 11, 2018, Gen. Surasak Kanchanarat, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment was honored to chair the follow-up meeting of Seeking Solutions for Forestry Land Use Problems in Mae Hong Son Province. Being held at The Imperial Mae Hong Son Resort, this event also gathered other key participants including Wijarn Simachaya, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; Suebsak Iamwichan, Mae Hong Son Governor; Thanya Netitham, the Director of The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation; Charaesak Nantawong, the Deputy Director General of the Royal Forest Department; and other related organizations.
On this occasion, Gen. Surasak Kanchanarat, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment provided guidelines on working procedures. He emphasized that government officials should adjust their views and attitudes when working in order to build trust and harmony between officials and the public. This can be done by involving local people to participate actively rather than seeing them as opponents. People can live harmoniously and happily with forest because they can use and conserve natural resources at the same time.
In addition, the strict law enforcement towards behind-the-scenes investors should be implemented according to the commandments of the National Council for Peace and Order. Moreover, guidelines for working procedures should also apply the royal initiative and policy of His Majesty the King Rama IX and X.
During the last phase of the meeting, the participants traveled to Pai River Basin Service and Development Center under the royal initiative of his majesty the king Rama IX in order to hear comments from local residents and build understanding among all groups of people in Mae Hong Son province.