GIS-MCDM Approach to Determine Forest Plantation Areas in U-tapao River Basin in Songkhla, Thailand

  • Dilawer Ali Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
  • Shahida Batool Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Kuaanan Techato Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
  • Saroj Gyawali Research and Development Center, Kathmandu Nepal
  • Montri Suklueng Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Keywords: Afforestation, land-use policy making, GIS, multicriteria decision making, Thailand

Abstract

Land suitability assessment is indispensable for the successful forest land use development. This will provide a rational basis to accomplish the land use decisions. Forest land degradation owing to distinct reasons (rapid urbanization, transformation to the agricultural land) has become a matter of great concern. Therefore, this research aim was to determine the forest plantation area in U-tapao river basin (URB), Southern Thailand. Multicriteria decision making (MCDM) technique was used in Geographic Information System (GIS) environment to find as well as to validate a suitable land for forest planation in the study area considering two main factors i.e. bio-physical and socio-economic. This study found that out of total area of the URB (2305 km2), approximately 59.66 percent (1375.2 km2) is highly suitable for forest plantation. This study may assist the future researchers and forest policymakers to take measures against the forest land degradation

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Author Biographies

Kuaanan Techato, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Management;

Assistant Director, Energy Research System

Saroj Gyawali, Research and Development Center, Kathmandu Nepal
Assitant Director
Montri Suklueng, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Associate Professor
Published
09-03-2020
How to Cite
Ali, D., Batool, S., Techato, K., Gyawali, S., & Suklueng, M. (2020). GIS-MCDM Approach to Determine Forest Plantation Areas in U-tapao River Basin in Songkhla, Thailand. International Journal of Integrated Engineering, 12(2), 294-301. Retrieved from https://publisher.uthm.edu.my/ojs/index.php/ijie/article/view/2724