Thai queen urges nation to save forests

The Queen of Thailand has urged the nation to conserve its forests and water supplies, the Bangkok Post reports.

She used her birthday address on Tuesday to voice her concerns about the country’s dwindling water resources.

“I have read foreign publications and learned that in the next 15 years fresh water will be scarce,” she told a gathering of government ministers, dignitaries and members of the public.

“I am worried that our country lacks large fresh water resources – there are only forests,” the Thai royal added.

“Forests are where water is collected uderground; forests will soak up rainwater which will otherwise flow to the seas – they are a good source of water.”

The queen acknowledged that future water needs could be met by desalination plants, but warned that Thailand was unlikely to to be able to afford the technology on a scale to meet all of the nation’s water needed.

Source: The Bangkok Post

Date: 13/08/2008

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