Dam or No Dam? in the Country’s Natural World Heritage Sites

Media Dialogue Forum 3 of 2023

During the 44th meeting of the World Heritage Committee in 2021, the WHC resolved and noted with “utmost concern” on the renewed development of several dam projects within and adjacent to Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, reiterating its request to Thailand to permanently cancel plans for any construction of dams with reservoirs inside the property’s boundaries.



PR Poster BKT Dialogue Forum 3 Sep-27 ENG
PR Poster BKT Dialogue Forum 3 Sep-27 ENG

The WHC also requested Thailand furthermore to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the river basin, including the property, to inform management and future development proposals at the basin level, and that any proposals for dam projects around the property that may impact its OUV be suspended until the SEA has been completed and reviewed by the World Heritage Centre and IUCN.


On August 19 of the same year, the National World Heritage Committee chaired by Deputy PM Gen Prawit Wongsuwan at that time resolved to follow the WHC’s resolutions, but still, conservation organisations have recently learned that the Royal Irrigation Department has still been proceeding with some projects in the area including Khlong Maduea in Nakhon Nayok province, prompting strong opposition by them.


Such mega-projects in the World Heritage sites pose a critical challenge to the country’s management of those highly regarded sites and need serious discussions and dialogues among all concerned parties as well as the public to find the best management for the areas and for water resources in the future.


Bangkok Tribune News Agency and network organizations with the support of KAS Thailand would like to cordially invite you to take this opportunity to explore the idea and answers with our experts and speakers at the 3rd media dialogue forum on 27 September 2023, 10.00-12.30 hrs at SEA-Junction, BACC’s building (4th Floor), Bangkok.


10.00 hrs. Registration

10.25 hrs. Brief introduction of the forum

10.30 hrs. Overview "The 45th resolution of the World Heritage Committee: Matters relating to Thailand"

By Ms. Sunee Saksuea, Director of the Foreign Affairs Division, Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plan Conservation (DNP)

10.40 hrs. Forum Discussion "Dam or No Dam? in the Country’s Natural World Heritage Sites"


  • Mr. Kuersak Tathong, Senior Expert on Civil Engineering, Royal Irrigation Department
  • Ms.Daraporn Chairat, Director, Natural World Heritage and Biosphere Reserves Sub-division, DNP
  • Ms. Supranee Kampongsun, Head of Program Office, IUCN
  • Ms. Ornyupa Sangkamarn, Secretary-General, Seub Nakhasathien Foundation
  • Representatives from local conservation groups

Moderated by Ms. Wipaporn Wattanawit, Assistant Editor at and TV News Anchor, Thai PBS

12.00 hrs. Q&A

12.30 hrs. Wrap-up and closing the session


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