Sunsanee Arunyawat and Rajendra Shrestha, Thailand


My name is Sunsanee Arunyawat. I am Thai, and a doctoral student at the Natural Resources Management Program of the School of Environment, Resources and Development at the Asian Institute of Technology,Thailand. Currently, I am working on the Doctoral research proposal focusing on how land use change affects ecosystem services and plan sustainable agriculture which does not undermine the ecosystem services. Besides, I work for the Land Development Department as policy and plan analyst. My long-term career goals are to become known a policy and plan analyst as GIS professional to use GIS to visualize, analyze and model systems to help in the planning and decision-making processes of my organization to achieve its mission. I’d like to be an expert and to have earned a respectable management position with responsibility for a major piece of implementing the policies and procedures of the organization along with GIS skills.

I am Rajendra P. Shrestha. I work at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand as an Associate Professor in Natural Resources Management. My major interests are on land use change and human dimensions; land use and climate change, land degradation. I want to use among others Geoinformatics in those areas of my research interest to help make better decisions.


The proposed project is entitled “Developing Decision Support System for Sustainable agriculture Land Use Planning”. Land uses provide range of ecosystems services. Land use change thus affects those affected by several factors often targeted for maintaining or ecosystem services. But land use decisions related to agriculture as improving agricultural production.

Supporting agricultural policy affects not only positive impacts but also may bring negative impacts. The positive side could be getting more agricultural products and more rural employment in agriculture sector. On the contrary, supporting agricultural policy also has some negative sides. For example, competition for water among agricultural, industrial and urban uses, as well as in stream flow maintenance (Randall, 2012), declining of biodiversity due to agricultural intensification (Tilman et al., 2001) which will negatively affect ecosystem functioning and agricultural yield (Daily, 1997). Therefore, a careful planning of sustainable agriculture which do not undermine the ecosystem services is necessary.

The research to be conducted at watershed scale, aims to develop decision support system for sustainable agricultural land use planning by identifying the criteria and indicators of sustainability. Also develop land use options for sustainable agricultural land use planning. Remote sensing, GIS and GPS will thus be used to do the needed analysis.

 The expected result will provide the land use options for future to achieve balancing needs of providing production  as well as ecosystem services to the societies within the broader context of sustainable landscape.