Following a recent spate of forest fires causing damage to over 200 rais and exceeding PM2.5 standards, Chonburi province has launched a multi-agency campaign to prevent further fires, control haze, and reduce harmful fine particulate matter.
Governor Thawatchai Sritong spearheaded the campaign on Sunday, February 4th, urging awareness and action from all levels of government and local communities. The initiative, held near the forested hills of the Sri Racha district, also involved the Deputy Governor, the 14th Military Circle, the Chonburi Provincial Police, and various local authorities.
According to reports, Chonburi’s diverse landscape, including forests, agricultural land, urban centers, and industrial estates, makes it particularly vulnerable to PM2.5 issues, especially when exacerbated by forest fires. Recognizing this, the campaign outlines collaborative efforts to minimize environmental impact and protect public health by reducing emissions from vehicles and introducing educational demonstrations.
This campaign aligns with Thailand’s ongoing broader efforts to combat PM2.5 pollution, particularly in regions like the north, Bangkok, and surrounding areas, where air quality can be significantly affected.