Thailand's Environment Conservation Law Amended to Fast Track Megaprojects

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) issued an order, which came into effect on 8 March 2016, to amend the Enhancement and Conservation of National Environmental Quality Act B.E. 2535 (1992) (the "Act"), allowing state agencies overseeing certain state-owned projects to request Cabinet approval to seek private contractors, while environmental impact assessments (EIA) results are being finalized.

Under the law, an EIA is required for state-owned projects that may impact the quality of the environment, natural resources, and the heath of an affected community. For those that may have a serious impact, an environmental and health impact assessment (EHIA) is required.

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