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Sustainability Workshop 2017

We are pleased to organize the first Sustainability Workshop “MANAGEMENT OF AIT CAMPUS FOREST FOR ECOSYSTEM SERVICES” to give opportunity for students to present their papers and for non-AIT students to learn how AIT students did their research. Date for this year is 16 May 2017.

Date: 16 May 2017 from 9:00 am – 12:20 pm
Venue: ROOM B202, AITCC

Introduction

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) campus forest is important for all residents and students living on campus because of the forest’s ability to provide fresh air, regulate micro climate, recreational activities, and other cultural services. These ecosystem services are well recognized globally but locally such services are overlooked. This workshop is organized to provide a forum for discussions on the management of urban forest ecosystem (i.e. university campus forests) for various ecosystem services for better living environment and low-carbon society. Four talks will be delivered by NRM faculty and graduate students followed by breakout session. A breakout session is organized to brainstorm the opportunities for achieving long-term carbon neutral sustainability at AIT campus.

This 1/2 day workshop will contribute to the AIT’s sustainability action.

Tentative Program

8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-8:35 Introduction to workshop by Dr. Nophea Sasaki
8:35-8:40 Welcome remarks by Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, SERD Dean
Group Photo
8:40-9:05 Management of Forest Ecosystem for Carbon Emission Reductions in AIT Campus
Vasan Narang

9:05-9:30 Management of Forest Ecosystem for Bioenergy Generation in AIT Campus
Wu Szukuang

9:30-10:55 Resident Perceptions toward Forest Ecosystem Services in AIT Campus
Nophea Sasaki

10:55-11:20 Geospatial Applications for AIT Campus Forest
Manjunatha Venkatappa

11:00-11:20 Coffee Break

11:20-12:20 Breakout Session on AIT Sustainability Planning
Chair by Prof. Sivanappan Kumar, VPAA

12:20 Lunch and End

We still have more spots for presentation. If you are interested in giving a presentation, please send us the title of your talks with abstract of 100-150 words by 1 May 2017.

To help us arrange the classroom and coffees, we ask that you kindly register here
https://goo.gl/TFfSdN

Thai students may use this opportunity to seek advice on how to apply for AIT admission under the RTG scholarships for August 2017 intake.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at AIT Conference Center.

Nophea Sasaki
Organizing Committee
E-mail: nrmcoordinator@ait.asia

NRM Seminar Series 2017

You are cordially invited to attend an special talk, NRM Seminar Series 2017

Title: Telecouplings in the East-West Economic Corridor
Speaker: Dr. Stephen J. Leisz, Associate Professor of Geography, Colorado State University, USA.

Date: 3rd March 2017
Time: 14:00-15:00
Room: S101 SERD Building
Registration at https://goo.gl/YYv0mY

Abstract
The conceptual framework of telecoupling seeks to explicitly link land changes in one place, or in a number of places, to distant, usually non-physically connected urban, and in some cases rural, locations. This conceptual framework is offered as a new way of understanding land changes; rather than viewing land-use and land-cover change through discrete land classifications that have been based on the idea of land-use as seen through rural-urban dichotomies, path dependencies and sequential land transitions, and place-based relationships. Focusing on the land-use and land-cover changes taking place along the East-West Economic Corridor that passes from Dong Ha City in Quang Tri, Vietnam, through Sepon District, Savannakhet, Laos, this presentation makes use of data gathered from fieldwork and remote sensing analysis to examine telecouplings between sending, receiving and spill-over systems on both sides of the Vietnam-Laos border.

About the Speaker
Stephen Leisz’s work is focused in the field of land change science. Through the use of remote sensing data, social science fieldwork, and GIS, he investigates the human-environment interactions that lead to land-use and ultimately land-cover changes over local and regional landscapes. His current research focus is on the way that changing livelihood systems in present day Southeast Asia influence land use and land cover changes at local and regional levels, and by extension how these changes influence ecosystem services (e.g. carbon sequestration, biodiversity) and local economies. In the past he has researched potential climate change impacts on biodiversity and human societies in Melanesia and investigated the relationship between land and natural resource tenure systems and land-use/cover changes in parts of Africa and Madagascar.

Call for Journal Papers

Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, and their colleagues around the world are calling for papers for a Research Topic of three participating Frontiers Journals below:

Research Topic: Tropical Forest Management and Climate Change Mitigation
Participating Journals:
Frontiers in Environmental Science
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Frontiers in Plant Science

For more information about this call and submission, please go here
http://journal.frontiersin.org/researchtopic/5715

RTG Fellowship for 2017

 Deadline Extended: 21 December 2016

About the Fellowship Program

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand is offering applicants to its Master and Doctoral degree programs an opportunity to qualify for generous academic fellowships. A large number of no-bond RTG Fellowships are available for students applying for postgraduate programs offered at AIT’s School of Engineering and Technology (SET); School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD); and School of Management (SOM). As Asia’s leading international higher learning institute, the RTG Fellowships are intended to increase the number of skilled international scientists, engineers and managers required to meet the future challenges of the emerging Asian Economic Community region and beyond.
Application Deadline Extended to 10 December 2016

Eligibility requirements to be considered for RTG Fellowships

  • Thai nationals only.
  • Having English proficiency not lower than IELTS 5 or equivalent or AIT English Entry Test.For students admitted with
    IELTS lower than 6.0, they required to take English class to fulfill the Exit requirement of IELTS 6.0.
  • Priority is given to Master degree applicants.
  • A four-year Bachelor degree from a recognized university is required.
  • Applicants to MBA programs require a minimum of one-year’s relevant work experience.

RTG Fellowship

  • Full Study Cost Fellowships (752,000 Baht Award). This fellowship covers the entire study cost of a Master program. Requirement: Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • 75% Study Cost Fellowships (564,000 Baht Award). Recipients pay study cost of one semester, or 188,000 Baht. Requirement: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 50% Study Cost Fellowships (376,000 Baht Award). Recipients pay study cost of two semesters, or 376,000 Baht. Requirement: Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Fellowships for Doctoral applicants vary depending on their academic credentials. Normally, eligible applicants should have attained a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their Master program and 3.0 in their Undergraduate program.

Fellowships cover tuition and registration fee, but do not cover accommodation fees or living expenses.

Please be informed that the above scheme is to be used as guidelines of the Selection Committee, but not necessary means that every applicant with the required GPA will receive the corresponding amount of the fellowship. The final decision will rest totally with the Selection Committee.

Fellowships cover tuition and registration fee, but do not cover accommodation fees or living expenses.

Please be informed that the above scheme is to be used as guidelines of the Selection Committee, but not necessary means that every applicant with the required GPA will receive the corresponding amount of the fellowship. The final decision will rest totally with the Selection Committee.

For more information please visit Admissions Website. Interested applicants may apply here or contact the AIT Admissions Office at Tel: 02-524 5032, 02-524 5033 E-mail admissions@ait.asia

Information about applying for admission at NRM, please contact nrmcoordinator@ait.asia or click here to apply now!

Trip to Strengthening Cooperation with Cambodian Institutions

At the invitation of Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC), Prof. Rajendra Shrestha and Dr. Nophea Sasaki visited Phnom Penh on May 27-28, 2016 to promote the AIT educational and research activities and to strengthen research collaboration between AIT and institutions in Cambodia. In addition to introducing AIT’s education and research excellence, we discussed the possibility of having a unified-degree, dual-degree, joint-degree, and two-stage degree programs with top private universities in Cambodia. These universities include Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC), Phnom Penh International University (PPIU), and Asia-Europe University. We also discussed the research collaboration with the Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC), Ministry of the Environment (MoE), and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). All parties have generally agreed to further collaboration through the signing of MoUs and followed by MoA for specific activities subject to detailed agreement.

1) NRM-AIT delegates met with the President of the Royal Academy of Cambodia (H.E. Dr. Khlot Thyda) and her staff

rac-cambodia

 

 

 

 

 

2) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Secretary General ( H.E. Dr. Tin Ponlok) of the National Council for Sustainable Development and staff of the Ministry of Environment Secretary General

 

 

 

 

3) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Under Secretary of State (H.E. Sao Vannsereyvuth), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

 

 

 

 

 

4) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Deans of the Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Deans of the Phnom Penh International University

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialized REDD+ Training Course in 2016

Natural Resources Management field of study will organize a specialized training course at the Asian Institute of Technology. Please circulate this information to your networks. Thank you.

Title: Accounting for Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals through REDD+ Activities
Training Date: 27 November – 4 December 2016
Training Venue: AIT Conference Center
Training Capacity: 25 Trainees

Click here for more information about the training and how to apply.

What is is REDD+? Watch this video to find out.

NRM students win International Forests Debate

Students from the Natural Resources Management field of study, School of Environment, Resources, and Development of the Asian Institute of Technology have won the annual debate organized on the occasion of the International Day of Forests for the third successive year. The three-member team of Mr. Vasan Narang, Ms Ngoc Han and Ms. Sobia Asghar defeated their rival Kasetsart University at the competition held on 21 March 2016.

The debate was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) along with RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), at the FAO premises in Bangkok.

Debating on the proposition “Investing in forest restoration reduces the cost of providing clean water to people,” the AIT team spoke in favor of the motion. The AIT team reasoned that forest restoration curtails soil erosion and nutrient runoff, enhances clean groundwater infiltration, thus reducing the use of chemicals in water treatment and prolonging the life of treatment facilities.

This year’s winning team members hail from three countries — Vasan is from Thailand, while Ngoc Han is from Vietnam, and Sobia is from Pakistan. While Sobia is a Doctoral candidate, both Vasan and Le Truong are Master’s students — all three being enrolled in the Natural Resource Management (NRM) field of study in AIT’s School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD).

In her welcomes remarks, Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative stated that “The ‘Forests and Water’ theme is particularly relevant this year, as we are reminded every day in the news about the ongoing and intensifying drought, the farmers who are suffering from lack of water for their crops, and even potential water shortages in urban areas.” “I want to say how great it is to see all of you, the students and teachers from the participating schools and universities for your participation. This event is about you and for you,” Kadiresan added.

The three judges were Mr. Patrick Durst, Senior Forestry Officer, FAO; Mr. Ronnakorn Triraganon, Manager, Capacity Development and Technical Services (CDTS), RECOFTC; and Ms. Keiko Numara, Programmer Officer,UN-REDD, UNEP.

Eight participating teams were divided into four categories. Apart from AIT, the other three winners are Panyarat High School, Garden International School, and Anglo Singapore School.

This is the third successive win for AIT students. In 2014, AIT students Sam Chanthy from Cambodia, Rehan Ul Haq of Pakistan, and Aung Kyaw Naing from Myanmar had debated on the topic  “The best way to conserve forests is to keep people out of the forests,” and won. The following year Katika Punbuatoom from Thailand, and Sumitra KC and Pradeep Baral from Nepal, won the debate while speaking on the proposition “That climate change means we should spend more money on protecting forests.”

More details are available at the FAO website: http://www.fao.org/asiapacific/news/detail-events/en/c/394620/

Trip to Strengthening Cooperation with Cambodian Institution

On invitation of Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC), Prof. Rajendra Shrestha and Dr. Nophea Sasaki visited Phnom Penh on May 27-28, 2016 to promote the AIT educational and research activities and to strengthen research collaboration between AIT and institutions in Cambodia. In addition to introducing AIT’s education and research excellence, we discussed the possibility of having a unified-degree, dual-degree, joint-degree, and two-stage degree programs with top private universities in Cambodia. These universities include Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC), Phnom Penh International University (PPIU), and Asia-Europe University. We also discussed the research collaboration with the Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC), Ministry of the Environment (MoE), and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). All parties have generally agreed to further collaboration through the signing of MoUs and followed by MoA for specific activities subject to detailed agreement.

1) NRM-AIT delegates met with the President of the Royal Academy of Cambodia (H.E. Dr. Khlot Thyda) and her staff

with RAC President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Secretary General ( H.E. Dr. Tin Ponlok) of the National Council for Sustainable Development and staff of the Ministry of Environment Secretary General

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Under Secretary of State (H.E. Sao Vannsereyvuth), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Deans of the Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Deans of the Phnom Penh International University