Supreme Court orders Forestry Dept to restore Maya Bay

Supreme Court orders Forestry Dept to restore Maya Bay

Damaged during filming of “The Beach” 24 years back

Maya Bay on Koh Phi in Krabi in June 2018 (Photo: Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi National Park)
Maya Bay upon Koh Phi in Krabi within June 2018 (Photo: Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi National Park)

The Best Court had purchased the Forestry Section to restore Maya These types of, which was environmentally damaged during the shooting from the famed movie “The Beach” 24 years back

The ruling was study out at the Municipal Court  on Wednesday.

“The Beach” was shot in Thailand within 1998 with the majority of the shooting on Maya Bay Beach, amid allegations associated with ecological vandalism when imported palms were planted to make the “perfect” beach even more perfect. The area was later on also damaged by the tsunami of 2005.  

Tuesday’s Supreme Courtroom ruling followed previously rulings by the reduce courts.

The Krabi Provincial Administration Organisation, Muang district of Krabi province and seventeen other plaintiffs initially filed suit with all the Civil Court managing environmental cases contrary to the agriculture minister at that time, the Forestry Division, then Forestry Department chief at the time, Thai agent Santa Worldwide Film Production and the film maker 20th Century Fox Co, as first to fifth defendants respectively, for violatiions from the National Park React and the National Environment Quality Act 

In 1998, authorities had approved the re-landscaping of Maya Bay on Koh Phi, which was within Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi  Nationwide Park in Krabi, for the shooting associated with “The Beach”. This particular prompted the injured parties to file suit against those involved.

The injured parties asked the court to nullify the orders issued with the first, second and third defendants, which usually allowed the fourth accused to shoot the film, and order the company to with each other place money being a guarantee for recovery of damage to environmental surroundings.  

Unless the guarantee money was place, the plaintiffs inquired the court in order to order the first to third defendants to revoke the permit given to the fourth and fifth defendants to take the film. The suit also called just for restoration of Maya Bay.  

The lower court ruling ordered the Forestry Department, which was the second defendant, to restore Maya Bay in order to its natural condition. The court also ordered the second accused to set up a working solar panel to draw up a rehabilitation plan associated with Maya Bay and sustainable use of places around the bay.

The functioning panel, comprising the very first and second injured parties, experts appointed with the court and representatives from the private industry chosen by the 2nd defendant,   had been to be set up within 30 days of the ruling being made.  

The court ordered the fourth and fifth defendants to be responsible for applying a compromise agreement dated Feb 27, 2019.   Underneath the agreement, the 5th defendant agreed to give 10 million baht for natural preservation so that the first plus second plaintiffs can use the money for organic conservation in line with their own authority. The first accused would update the particular court every year on the progress of the function, for three consecutive years or until the cash was spent.

The lower courtroom acquitted the first plus third defendants.   The defendants appealed to the Appeal Courtroom handling environmental cases asking for acquittal of the second defendant too.  

Later, the first plus second plaintiffs appealed to the Supreme Court.

The particular court found the plaintiffs’ appeal was partially sound. It ruled to uphold the lower court ruling for the second accused to restore Maya beach.   The second accused was ordered to comply with the Supreme Court judgement within 30 days.

The second defendant could be the Forestry Department.