BANGKOK (The Nation / Asia News Network): Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting (November 16) approved the proposal to nominate six national parks and a mangrove forest along the Andaman Sea as World Heritage sites in the United Nations World Heritage Center for Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisoranakul said on Tuesday.
This decision was submitted by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment.
“The proposed national parks and mangrove forest are located in three southern provinces of Ranong, Phang Nga and Phuket, with a combined area of 290,800 hectares or 2,908 km²,” she said.
“Of these, 1,159.55 km² are the true areas of the national park, while 1,748.45 km² are buffer zones. “
“Three sites are located in Ranong, namely Ranong Islands National Park, Laem Son National Park and Ranong Mangrove Forest,” Traisulee said.
“There are three sites in Phang Nga, namely Surin Islands National Park, Similan Islands National Park and Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Mueang National Park. The last site, Sirinat National Park, is located in Phuket.
Thailand will have until April 15, 2022 to submit the nomination documents to Unesco, while the review of World Heritage sites will take place at the 45th General Assembly of the World Heritage Center in 2023.