Thailand’s rich freshwater biodiversity under threat

The Thai government has taken efforts to tackle climate change by building a large number of water retention projects. But they could threaten the country’s freshwater biodiversity unless new sustainable solutions are taken into consideration.

In a remote forest in Thailand’s western Ratchaburi province, a team of Thai scientists have discovered a species that was thought to have disappeared in 1935 ― loaches, or freshwater fish, known by their scientific name of Schistura myrmekia.

The fish were found upstream in the Pachee River, within the boundaries of the Pachee River Wildlife Sanctuary, a 490-square-kilometer tropical forest that is home to more than 150 animal species.

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