BANGKOK, 12 June 2019 (NNT) - The Council of Engineers and its network partners have held a public discussion on the causes of forest fires and PM2.5 particles. The event was being held for the fourth time, with the intention of providing further information on policies and the strategies being used to deal with forest fires and PM2.5 particles, for the benefit of the public.
The Council of Engineers, together with the Council of University Presidents of Thailand, the Engineering Institute of Thailand, and the Thai Environmental Consultants Association, organized the public discussion. The discussion was presided over by a board member of the Council of Engineers, Yutthana Mahatchariyawong. Mr. Yutthana said the public discussion was held to gather information about the causes of forest fires and PM2.5 particles, seek solutions, provide suggestions, and spread knowledge on these issues to members of the public and various organizations. The results of the event will be proposed to the government so they can come up with short-term and long-term measures.
Public discussions on the causes of forest fires and PM2.5 particles have now been held four times. The first public discussion touched on the causes and consequences. The second event discussed prevention and mitigation measures. The third discussion covered the roles of educational institutions and engineers in addressing the problems. Meanwhile, at the fourth public discussion, participants discussed policies and strategies being used to deal with forest fires and the PM2.5 particle issue. Key participants included Senator Boonsong Khaiket, Pollution Control Department Deputy Director-General Thalearngsak Petchsuwan, Thammasat University academic Supat Wangwongwattana, and Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Environment dean, Surat Bualert.