Academics call for reform of environmental impact studies on projects
A strategic Environment Assessment was proposed by academics to serve as a sustainable solution for conflicts over major development projects such as the Krabi coal-fired power plant. A team of academics and public policy campaigners discussed the current problems of Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental and Health Impact Assessment process at a forum held at Chulalongkorn University on March 2. The forum agreed that the current common practice of an EIA/EHIA study in Thailand did not encourage environmental protection and public participation in a project. Instead, it was used as a tool to legitimise a controversial project.