The Forest and People in Thailand research project is an inter-disciplinary project between Thai and Danish universities and Danish sector research institutes, like GEUS, NERI and DIAS. The objective of the projects is to improve common understanding of the interaction between people living from the forest area and the forest management in Thailand by improving relevant scientific research. The beneficiaries are the people of the project area and institutions that are key stakeholders in the management of the natural resources.
The project is divided into 5 modules:
Soil and water dynamics
Bio-diversity and ecology management
Socio-economic and cultural studies
Local and regional institutional studies
Use of GIS for mapping and spatial analysis
The participants in the research project are six universities and a number of research institutes. GEUS is involved in the module on soil and water dynamics. The Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, and Chiang Mai University take care of the soil related research programme and GEUS and Chiang Mai University undertake the water research part of the project.
A minor river basin in the north-western part of the Doi Inthanon National Park was selected, representing land use by three different ethnic groups, a Hmong village, a Karen village and a lowland Thai village. GEUS has been involved in the measurement of water flow and water quality mapping. This includes sampling and analyses of water quality at selected stations, in the upper forest zone and up-stream and down-stream of the three villages, including drinking water control. The chemical parameters are nutrients and other major constituents.
The project was carried out from 1999-2001, and it is part of the Danish Environmental Research Programme, financed by DANCED. The following institutions were participating in the project:
Chiang Mai University, Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, Royal Forestry Department, Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, Mineral Resources Region 3.
Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (DIAS), National Environmental Research Institute (NERI), Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Forest and Landscape Research Institute, University of Aarhus, University of Copenhagen and Rambøll A/S.