Sakaerat Environmental Research Station - Thailand
Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
The SERS is situated in the Korat Plateau between latitude 14°25′-14°33′ N and longitude 100°48′-100°56′ E (Fig. 1). The SERS covers an area of approximately 82 km2 (Trisurat et al. 2006) in seven sub-districts of Nakhon Ratchasima Province in northeast Thailand, namely Ta Khob, Lam Nang Kaew, Phu Luang, Udomsap, Wang Mee and Wang Ngam Khiew. Its altitude ranges from 250-762 m above mean sea level and approximately 35% of the research station is situated in altitudes between 300-400 m. The SERS is surrounded by extensive agricultural areas and human settlements. Based on visual image interpretation of Landsat-TM images, nine land-use/land-cover classes were classified, namely, dry evergreen forest, mixed deciduous forest, dry dipterocarp forest, secondary growth, plantation, grassland, old clearing, agriculture & settlement, and water body.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
The Sakaerat Environmental Research Stations (SERS) is one of five biosphere reserves. The management objectives of SERS are to demonstrate sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation according to the Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) concept.
The SERS was established in 1967 by the Ministry of Science. The legal status of this site is national forest reserve. Part of the station was converted by local people prior the establishment. In 1982, the Royal Forest Department started to rehabilitate degraded forest and abandoned settlements inside the SERS after resettlement and thus, forest cover increased in area. Substantial reforestation areas both inside and outside the SERS were implemented under the Royal Golden Jubilee program started in 1994. Currently, approximately 80% of the research station in under forest cover.
Affiliation and Network Specific Information