Communities living in protected forest areas must not sell their land to outsiders, Rerngchai Prayoonwet, deputy director-general of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, says.
Some villagers had sold to developers land provided to them by the department for agricultural purposes only. The land had ended up in the hands of resort owners, when that was against the law.
Mr Rerngchai has sent letters to the heads of wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and non-hunting areas asking them to make people living in protected forest areas understand that they cannot sell land to outsiders.
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