The illegal logging of phayung, or Siamese rosewood, in Thailand's protected forests has become a crime involving lawbreakers from several countries. Demand from China is on the rise, and loggers from Cambodia and Laos are crossing the border to join local gangs in cutting down the precious timber.
Chaiyuth: Phayung faces extinction risk
Natural Resources Conservation Division director Chaiyuth Khunchompoo, who is also secretary to a phayung protection committee in Isan, discusses the challenge of protecting the lucrative trees with APINYA WIPATAYOTIN.
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