Seasonally Flooded Community Forest on the Banks of the Songkhram River: A Research Framework

  • Taro Sasaki
  • Supaporn Worrapornpan
  • Sunan Seesang


The Songkhram River is a 420-km-long tributary of the Mekong River and is the last remaining, free-flowing, undammed Mekong tributary in northeast Thailand. This chapter seeks to clarify the framework of competition and harmony in land use of the seasonally flooded community forest on the banks of the Songkhram River. In a study of Thai forest policy, we identified two kinds of policy: a strong policy for excluding illegal farmers from the national forest, and a realistic response to the farmers involving a partial release of national forestland and community forestry. The participation of local people in forest management should be a key factor for solving the land problem in the national forest. The seasonally flooded forest in the Songkhram River Basin grows at the periphery of agricultural land and lies between water resources and agricultural land geographically. While flooded, the land is unsuitable for agriculture, but this prevents deforestation and provides rich natural resources for the local inhabitants.


Forest Management Local People Community Forest National Forest Forest Conservation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Taro Sasaki
    • 1
  • Supaporn Worrapornpan
    • 2
  • Sunan Seesang
    • 3
  1. 1.International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education (ICCAE)Nagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  2. 2.Healthy Public Policy FoundationBangkokThailand
  3. 3.Sukhothai Thammathirat Open UniversityNonthaburiThailand

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