Heading Downhill

In a move that may render nearly half a million families homeless, Thailand's senate recently withheld the passage of the much-awaited community forestry bill (cfb). The proposed legislation that has been blocked was meant to hand over control of forests to the people residing in them. Instead, the country's upper house of parliament has suggested amendments that will lead to the eviction of inhabitants from sanctuaries and protected forests. The senate has, ironically, backtracked on its own stand