I am a Forestry Technical Officer and have been working in this field for over 10 years. I started as a researcher on agriculture and forestry for both public and private sectors before becoming a Forestry Technical Officer to date. I have always been passionate about forestry since a young age as I have grown up in a farming family, seeing and experiencing the rough drought in the Northeast of Thailand, and that inspired me in forestry ever since. I followed my passion by graduating with both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s Degree in Forestry, from the Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University, in the years 2005 and 2008 respectively. one of the most prestigious universities of Forestry and Agriculture in Thailand. This gave me the knowledge and expertise to become a forester to pursue my dream.
Before coming to Bangor to do my PhD, I worked for Permission Bureau to analyze policies, laws, and conditions of permission related to forests, to verify the resources of timber and non-timber product’s legality documents, and to issue a license to the organization before a harvest proceeded in the permitted area for example, specify the legal scope of permission, control and monitor forest law enforcement, respond to inquiries regarding the approval and permission and issue documents on legality certification. It is important to know about forest laws, forest policy, law enforcement, and forest resources management, as a balance in forest management of the country needs to be taken into account for approval and permission or it may affect forest resources and the ecosystem of the country.
For me, forestry is not just a job. I also do more by spending my free time with several stakeholders to educate people and create awareness about the environment and forests with the hope of halting deforestation. I share my knowledge of plant propagation and forest ecology with the suburban community as well as my hometown when I get a chance to visit. I encourage the locals to care for their local ecosystem and give advice on how to protect it. To reach sustainable forest management, everyone including public and private sectors and locals needs to take part according to the principles of sustainable forest management. I am willing to put the effort in to reach the goal. At the same time, I find that it covers the environmental, economic, and social factors that lead to sustainability in forest systems, as well as individual ecological interactions with those acting at a landscape level.
Those reasons, I mentioned above inspired me to be at Bangor University since I want to learn what I lack in forest management, and economic and social factors because they contribute to sustainable forest management. All my life, I have always aimed to be a forester and now I am. But I want to be a better forester and my passion for sustainable forest management is an ultimate goal for forestry in my country.
The aim of my Ph.D. research is to focus on the opportunities for Forest Management Certification in Thailand since one of the issues with forest use and the timber sector is that national forestry certification standards are not yet recognized and certified nationally and worldwide.
My research goal is particularly to study the certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) of the Forest Industry Organization (FIO), which is the state enterprise established to manage economic forest plantations on behalf of the government. Currently, Thailand is trying to achieve the established forest and timber certification schemes, both FSC and PEFC. Therefore, it is an important challenge to reflect on the main problem of forestry in Thailand and not only figure out the opportunities and the challenges of forest certification standards in Thailand but also provide future information on other issues of the main problem of Thai forestry.
The first goal of this research is to undertake a cost-benefit analysis of Forest Certification in the Forest Industry Organization. This will require obtaining credible data on the experience of the costs and benefits of FSC certification for the Forestry Industry Organization and also the expectation of the staff of the Forestry Industry Organization in the process of FSC certification in Thailand. The resulting data will support and serve private farmers in deciding whether to enter the FSC certification process.
2010 Diversity of Plants in Ko Man Islands, Rayong Province
Bhanumas Chantarasuwan and Nisabhat Tonwoot
JOURNAL OF TROPICAL PLANTS RESEACH ; Volume 3 (2010)
2007 Clumps and Culms Establishment of Gigantochloa albociliata and Cephalostachyum per gracile after Gregarious Flowering in the Mixed Deciduous Forest at Mae Klong Watershed Research Station, Kanchanaburi Province.
Arisa Tonwoot (Nisabhat)and Dokrak Marod
THAI JOURNAL OF FOREST; Volume 26 Number 2, July-December 2007