REDD+ Course for 2018 Intake

Natural Resources Management program of the Department of Development and Sustainability is pleased to announced the new course on REDD+. This course is available from August 2018 intake and Dr. Nophea Sasaki will be the instructor.

Brief Introduction to the REDD+ course

The REDD+ or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, plus Conservation of Forests, Sustainable Management of Forests, and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks is the climate change mitigation scheme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement further strengthens the need for the REDD+ scheme for achieving mitigation target set out in the Nationally Determined Contributions. The course objective is to provide students with most recent knowledge of the REDD+, its policy and rules; forest carbon accounting with modern technologies; methodologies for identification of the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, for introduction of the appropriate REDD+ activities for reducing the drivers, and for measurement of performance; and REDD+ development and financing.

Please come and join us.

NRM Field Trip 2018

The NRM students, faculty members, and administrative staff took a field trip from 1st to 3rd November, 2018, as part of the requirement for the course NRM Issues in Asia.

The party visited the following organizations and sites:

  • Prachinburi Land Development Station, Prachinburi Province.
  • “Baan Win” Sufficiency Economy Learning Center (Soil Doctor), Chachoengsao Province.
  • Khaohinsorn Royal Development Study Center,  Phanomsarakham District, Chachoengsao Province.
  • Rayong Irrigation Project, Rayong Province.
  • Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Center (Mangrove Forest), Tha Mai District, Chanthaburi Province.
  • Namtok Phlio National Park, Chanthaburi Province

NRM courses for January 2019 semester

We are pleased to announce the courses offered for the January 2019 semester at NRM academic program.

Department-wide Course

ED52.9007   Quantitative Research Methods II  (2 credits)

NRM Courses

ED76.03  Forestry  (3 credits)
ED76.04  Biodiversity and Conservation (3 credits)
ED76.16  Land Resources Management (Required,  3 credits)
ED76.17  Geospatial Techniques for Natural Resources Management (3 credits)
ED76.18  Integrated Natural Resources Planning and Policy (Required, 2 credits)

DSP Course (with NRM faculty)

ED84.02 Development Economics (2 credits)


We look forward to welcoming students to our NRM courses.

Asia Region Biennial IASC Meeting

The Asia Region Biennial IASC (International Association for the Study of the Commons) Meeting was organized at OCAN (Ostrom Center for the Advanced Study in Natural Resource Governance), AIT on 13-16 July, 2018. The overarching topic in focus was “Redefining Diversity and Dynamics of Natural Resource Management in Asia”.

The following themes were discussed over the four-day period.

Theme 1: Community Forestry and Social Ecological Systems
1-1 Assessing Progress and Impact of FRA 2006: A Case Study from the Tribal State of Tripura, India
1-2 The Agroforestry Management Practices in Relation with the Tenurial Security in Koto Tangah Sub-District, Padang, West Sumatera
1-3 Forest Resource Governance through Collective Action and Legal Sanction in India
1-4 The Political Economy of Decentralization and Forest Resource Management (FRM): A Study of the Effectiveness of Decentralized FRM Institutions
1-5 Community-Based Forest Management Schemes’ Implementation in Protected Forest Management Unit in Sijunjung, West Sumatra, Indonesia
1-6 Promoting People Participation in the Community Forest Management of Bun-Ruang Sub-District Municipal Area, Chiang Khong, Chiang Rai Province
1-7 The Potential of Sentinel 2 data for estimating above-ground biomass in Sub-tropical buffer zone community forests of Nepal
1-8 Has Forest Become Women’s Priority? Case Study from South Solok Regency, West Sumatra
1-9 Provincial Autonomy and Forest Management Unit (FMU) Legislation in Aceh Province, Indonesia: A Review of Regulatory Asynchronies
1-10 Forest Governance Matters in CBFM and REDD+ Implementation
1-11 Decentralization of Forest Governance in Peninsular Malaysia: The case of Peatland Swamp Forest in North Selangor
1-12 Adaptive System’s coupling in the Development of Community Forest
1-13 Dispute and Its Impact on Land Use and Plant Diversity within Forest Management Unit (FMU) Model of 50 Kota District
1-14 Compatibility of Environmental Conservation and Economic Growth using Collaborative Environmental Governance: The Case of State Forest Management
1-15 Community Forestry and Sub-National REDD+ Implementation in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Theme 2: Community Irrigation and Robustness Challenges
2-1 Climate-Induced Water Scarcity and the Effectiveness of Community Based Water Resource Management
2-2 Application of the Socio-Ecological System Framework for Analysis of Challenges of Irrigation Systems in Nepal
2-3 Traditional Institutions in Contemporary Context: A Study of Community Managed Irrigation System (Kuhls) in Himachal Pradesh, India

Theme 3: Climate Change, Natural Resources Dynamics and Land Use Challenges
3-1 Public, Private or Cooperatives? The Governance of Tawa Reservoir Fisheries, India
3-2 Degraded Peatland Management Option in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
3-3 Eco-feminism and CPR’s in Agrarian Societies: Case Study of Sugarcane Farming in Karnataka, India
3-4 Protecting the Land and Feeding the Poor through the Conservation Farming Villages (CFV) Approach
3-5 Democratic Decentralization and Natural Resource Management in Scheduled Areas: An Analysis of Tribal Sub-Plan Fund Devolution for PESA Districts, Maharashtra, India
3-6 Study of the Public Perspectives on the Problems of Kuranji River Basin Management in Padang City, West Sumatra, Indonesia
3-7 Crop Insurance Purchase Decisions of Small Scale Irrigation Farmers in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand
3-8 Opportunities and Challenges of Indonesia’s Community-Based Forest Management in REDD+ Implementation
3-9 Sustaining Lives and the Environment through Local Collaborative Engagement: Case of Selected Conservation Farming Villages (CFV) in the Philippines
3-10 What will it take to make Indian Cities more Resilient? An Experiment with Integrated Lake Basin Management Approach at Indore

3-11 An Institutional Analysis of Gundalav Lake Governance
3-12 Evaluating the Rehabilitation Potential of Calliandra (Calliandra calothyrsus Meissn) in Degraded Areas through Landscape Function Analysis in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, Philippines
3-13 Can Adaptation Practices in Response to Climate Change in Agricultural Sector be explained by Socio-Economic Variables? A Case from Nepal
3-14 Environmental Regulation Impact on Agricultural Trade Flows between Thailand and Partner Countries
3-15 Farmers Community Perception with that of Scientific Information Collection Center on Climate Change: A Comparative Case Study from Nawalparasi and Kapilvastu Districts of Nepal
3-16 Community Based Risk Management and Governance of Climate Sensitive Aquaculture Farming: A Case of Vembanad Wetland, India
3-17 Land Use Change, Climate Change and River Basin Management: A Preliminary Study in Small River Basin of Batang Paninggahan, West Sumatra, Indonesia
3-18 The Structural Analysis of the Renewable Electricity Sector in India Using Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) Framework
3-19 Agricultural Production in the Face of Saline Intrusion in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta: Successes and Challenges

Panel Discussions
1-A Toyota Group Panel on REDD+ and Forest Governance.
1-B Impact of User’s Heterogeneity on Forest Ecological Conditions.
2-A Nepal Irrigation Institutions and Systems

Courses at NRM for August 2018 Semester

We are pleased to announce the courses offering for August 2018 semester at NRM academic program.

Department-wide Courses

ED52.03  (required)
Introduction to Development and Sustainability 2(2-0)

ED52.9005 (required)
Introduction to Research Design 2(2-0)

NRM Courses

ED76.01 (required)
Ecological Principles for Natural Resources Management 3(3-0)

Natural Resources Management Issues in Asia 1(1-0)

Society and Natural Resource Management 3(3-0)

Natural Resources Economics 2(2-0)

REDD+ 3(3-1)

We look forward to welcoming new students to our NRM courses.

NRM’s Forestry and Agriculture Subject was ranked Top 2018

Forestry and Agriculture subject of the Natural Resources Management academic program of the Department of Development and Sustainability, Asian Institute of Technology has been ranked top among study subjects at top universities worldwide, according to the QS Top Universities 2018 Rankings by Subject, which was released on 28 February 2018.

NRM Mini Workshop 2018: GEE and Drone Applications

Applications of Google Earth Engine and Drone for Forest Carbon Measurement and Monitoring – Implications for the REDD+ Scheme

Date: 9 July 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00
Venue: Room S101, SERD at Asian Institute of Technology
Fees: No fee, no sponsor
Audiences: Anyone can participate. To allow for better arrangement of the classroom, please kindly register here.

Google Earth Engine (GEE) has been increasingly used for natural resources assessment and monitoring because of its huge data availability at no cost and tools for use at scale. Apart from GEE, drone has also been used for similar purposes as well as for biodiversity conservation. A combination of GEE and drone has been increasingly adopted for forest carbon measurement, forest carbon and health monitoring. This mini workshop is organized to introduce the latest applications of both technologies and discuss the future wider use of these applications for large-scale for in forest carbon measurement, carbon and health monitoring in the tropics. Results of the workshop could provide useful tools for monitoring REDD+ activities and accounting for carbon emission reductions and removals in tropical countries under the REDD+ scheme.

Four talks will be given followed by discussions:

A Google Earth Engine Practice for On-demand Land Cover Mapping
Speaker: Dr. Hiroyuki Miyazaki, RS-GIS, Asian Institute of Technology

Operational Forest Degradation Monitoring in Semi/Evergreen Forests using Google Earth Engine
Speaker: Dr. Andreas Langner, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D—Sustainable Resources, European Commission

Determination of Thresholds for Eight Land Use Categories in Cambodia using a Combination of Google Earth Engine and Remote Sensing Technologies
Speaker: Manjunatha Venkatappa, Dr. Nophea Sasak, Natural Resources Management, Asian Institute of Technology

Using Drone, Google Earth Engine and Remote Sensing Technologies for Forest Carbon Measurement – Results from two Case Studies in Thailand
Speaker: Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Manjunatha Venkatappa, Natural Resources Management, Asian Institute of Technology

Registration is open until 5 July 2018. Register now.

Organized by Natural Resources Management, Asian Institute of Technology

Dr. Nophea Sasaki
Associate Professor and Chair of NRM
Asian Institute of Technology

RTG Fellowship for Thai Students for August 2018 Intake

Closing on 31 July 2018 (Apply Early is recommended)

The vision of the Royal Thai Government (RTG) is to prepare the country and its people for the emerging ASEAN Economic Community. Through its no-bond RTG Fellowships at AIT, RTG seeks to prepare her engineers, scientists and managers to become global citizens and emerge as key drivers of Thailand’s international competitiveness. The Royal Thai Government therefore offers academic fellowships to Thai students to pursue Master’s and Doctoral degree programs.


  • Thai national only
  • Having English proficiency as required by AIT
  • Four-year Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university
  • MBA applicants require an additional one-year relevant work experience

RTG Fellowships for Master Degree

Fellowship Value of Fellowship Grant Cumulative GPA requirement
100% 848,000 Baht (covers entire study cost of 4 semesters) GPA ≥ 3.00 (from top universities*)
GPA ≥ 3.50 (other universities)
75% 636,000 Baht (covers 3 semesters, student pays remainder 212,000 baht as one semester cost) GPA ≥2.75 (from top universities*)
GPA ≥ 3.00 (other universities)
50% 424,000 Baht (covers 2 semesters, student pays same amount for 2 semesters) GPA ≥ 2.75 or equivalent

RTG Fellowships for Doctoral Degree

To qualified for these fellowships, the applicants should have a Cumulative GPA of 3.50 in their Master’s degree and 2.75 in their undergraduate program from top universities *(3.00 for other universities).

(*) Universities include:

(1) Chulalongkorn University
(2) Mahidol University
(3) Chiang Mai University
(4) Thammasat University
(5) Kasetsart University
(6) Khon Kaen University
(7) King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi
(8) Prince of Songkla University

Please note: Fellowships cover tuition and registration fees, but do not cover accommodation fees or living expenses.

For more information regarding the fellowship, please contact Ms. Wilailak at 02-524-5023 or Ms. Kanchana at 02-524-6119 or send email to

Apply for RTG Fellowships Now!

Scholarships for August 2018 Intake

Students interested in applying for master or PhD degree at the Natural Resources Management for August 2018 intake should apply now. Closing for many scholarships is 31 March 2018.  Your applications will be reviewed and if admitted, you will be automatically considered for the scholarship that best matches your qualifications.

Scholarships are awarded on very competitive basis. Each scholarship award covers full tuition and registration fees plus accommodation, and a bursary for living expenses in AIT’s residential campus, for the entire period of 22-24 months (four semesters) for the Master degree program and 41 Months (7 semesters) for the Doctoral degree program depending on the scholarship criteria.

  1. HM KING’S Scholarships and HM QUEEN’S Scholarships

  2. Loom Nam Khong Pijai (GMSARN Scholarships)

  3. AIT Vietnam’s 25th Anniversary Scholarship Program 2015-2018

  4. Japanese Government Scholarships

  5. Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)

  6. Bangchak Scholarships

  7. WE Consultant Scholarships

  8. Thai Pipe Scholarships 

  9. AIT-UNESCO-IHE programmes
  10. Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 

  11. Kurita Scholarships

  12. BRIDGEX Scholarship for Structural Engineering

  13. President Robert B Banks Scholarship

  14. INDEX International Group Co. Ltd. Bonded Scholarship

Required Documents

  • Degree Certificate and Transcript of Undergraduate Degree and / or Master’s Degree;
  • Two Letters of Recommendation;
  • English Proficiency Requirement: TOEFL (Computer based: 210) and IELTS: 6 (writing and overall) or equivalent;
  • An essay on your proposed research topic (For doctoral applicants only).


Fellowships are also offered to support the most qualified applicants depending on their qualifications and merit but they are awarded on very competitive basis. Fellowships cover a part (or full) of the credit fees (tuition) only.  Applicants should find other sources to pay for registration fees, accommodation fees or living expenses.

  1. RTG Fellowship
  2. AIT Fellowship

Special Talk by Prof. Hosang Kang


You are cordially invited to special talk to be delivered by Dr. Hosang Kang, Research Professor, National Instrumentation Center for Environmental Management (NICEM), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea.

Title: ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Project as a Successful Model of Regional Cooperation for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development

Registration: (for the purpose of room arrangement)

Date: Thursday, 23 November 2017
Time: 13:30 – 14:30 pm
Venue: S201
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ho Sang Kang

Prof. Kang got Ph.D. in Seoul National University in the field of forest ecology and silviculture. He worked as Global Forest Information Service Regional Coordinator for Asia and Russia. He was a Project Manager (Capacity Building of School of Environmental Conservation and Ecotourism Management in Indonesia) of KOICA from 2007-2009 and Secretary General of AKECOP from 2009 to 2016.
At present, he has several international cooperation projects including East Asia Biodiversity Conservation Network in the Northeast Asia and Center for Combat Desertification in Arid and Semi-Arid that is to establish cooperative network and development of capacity building programs for combating desertification and land degradation in arid and semi-arid areas in Asia and Africa.
He has also involved to establish Asia Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO), a inter-governmental organization in Korea and now supporting the survey of plant biodiversity in Lao PDR and Myanmar.

Abstract: The ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Project (AKECOP) as a catalyst for attaining sustainable natural resources management in the region became prominent and relevant. Being a regional collaborative partnership it supports ASEAN Member States in generating scientific knowledge, sharing information and experiences, and enhancing human and institutional capacity through the phased steps since 2000.
The main goal of the AKECOP Project was to enhance the capacity of AMS in managing and conserving the rich biodiversity and natural ecosystems in a sustainable manner through the collaborative research partnership, capacity building, and scientific and technical information sharing in the ASEAN region.

Please contact for more information. Thank you.