( PR4US.com | Press Release | 2016-09-27 09:22:46 )
September 1, in memoriam of Seub Nakhasathien – The Great Protector of Thailand’s Natural Resources
On September 1, 1990, is the day for remind to Seub Nakhasathien, Thai conservationist who was well known for his efforts to conserve and protect the nature in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary and Chiew Larn.
December 31, 1949, Seub was born in Prachinburi, Thailand to Salab and Boonyiam Nakhasathien. He had one brother, one sister and a daughter, Chinarat Nakhasathien. He received a master's degree from Kasetsart University in silvic studies, and a master's degree in environmental studies from University of London. After graduation, he worked as head of Bang Phra Reservoir No Hunting Wildlife Area, Contributed in conservationist training. On 1983, He requested to work as researcher at Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.
In 1986, Seub was appointed as wildlife evacuation project leader for the Chiew Larn dam project, with a budget of only ฿800,000 to evacuate an 100,000-acre (400 km2) area.
He was able to save hundreds of animals but was aware that many more were unable to escape and died. After what he saw as the failure of the Chiew Larn project, he began protesting further logging and dam construction projects, such as Nam choan dam, at tungyai Narasuan, Kanchanaburi. He reminded thailand that dam construction had bad effects more than benefits. Only Seub protesting could not change Goverment decision, Then many conservationists supported Seub, Nam choan dam project was canceled.
1988 Seub and his conservationist friends publicly objected the request from the Thai Plywood Co., Ltd, for a logging concession in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary. In his argument, he said “the one who wanted logging business was the Department of Forestry, and the one who wanted to conserve the forest was also the Department of Forestry”.
1989 A PhD scholarship to study in the U.K. was granted to Seub, but instead he decided to accept a position of the Superintendent of Huai Kha Khaeng . He found many serious problems, such as illegal logging, illegal hunting by influential individuals, forest rangers were shot to death, or extreme poverty of villagers who lived around the area. The most important and the worst problem was the fact that these problems had never received any attention from senior officials. As a result, Seub devoted himself to work on a proposal to the UNESCO to nominate forests of Tung-yai Naresuan and Huai Kha Kheang to become a world heritage, in order to ensure that these areas would be fully protected
Suddenly, on September 1, 1990, from all woring pressure and to protested the Goverment for concern about natural conservation, Seub cleared up his work and finished his will before committed suicide, at Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, leaving his assets to Khao Nang Rum research station. The news of his suicide sent shock waves around Thailand. It was a cry for help from society and public authorities to seriously solve natural resources problems.
2 weeks after Seub suicide, Senior officers had meeting for conservation and prevent Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary from invaded. This meeting Seub had beed request when he alive.
Seub Nakhasathien Foundation
Shortly after he died, his fellow conservationists launched the Seub Nakhasathien Foundation in his memory to crusade against the destruction of nature.