|Biosphere Reserve Information|
This biosphere reserve is situated on the edge of Thailand’s Khorat Plateau about 300 km north-east of Bangkok. It was created in 1977 around the Sakaerat Environmental Research Station (SERS), which was established in 1967 primarily as a site for research on dry evergreen and dry dipterocarp tropical forest. Other vegetation types in the biosphere reserve include bamboo forests, forest plantations and grasslands.
Some 5,300 people live within the biosphere reserves (1999) who are almost all Thai Buddhists. They make their living from crop plantations and growing paddy rice but also illegally use the forest for plant and mushroom gathering, hunting, and tree cutting. This has does have a detrimental effect on the forest but has been greatly reduced by community education and outreach programmes introduced since 2003. These include providing the local people with spores and seedlings from the forest with a commercial value and an education on farming practices, this allows them to harvest an income from there own land.
The station is run as a facility for ecological and environmental research. The station also runs a popular science camp for school children giving 7000 school children a year hands on experience and enjoyment from the forest. Sakaerat also provides facilities and training for seminars to groups of up to 130 people.
|Major ecosystem type||Tropical dry or deciduous forests (incl. monsoon forests)|
|Major habitats & land cover types||Dry dipterocarp forest characterized by Shorea obtusa, Pentacme suavis; dry evergreen forests with Hopea ferrea, H. odorata (70%); Remaining areas are bamboo, plantation forests, and grasslands.|
|Location||14°26' to 14°32'N; 101°50' to 101°57'E|
|Transition area(s) when given|
|Altitude (metres above sea level)||+250 to +762|
|Administrative authorities||Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR)|
Flora/Fauna/Microbial Biological Diversity, Forest systems, Climate , Meteorology, Monitoring and methodologies.
Nutrient cycling, Physical and Environmental, Sociological, Economical, community, Hydrology
|Abiotic||Climate, meteorology, nutrients.|
|Biodiversity||Biodiversity, forest systems.|
Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
Wang Nam Khieo District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province
|Telephone||(66) 0 4424 44740 4425 8642|
|Fax||(66)0 4424 2534|
Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research
35 Moo 3 Technopolis, Klong 5, Klong Luang, Pathumthani
|Telephone||(66.2) 5791 121 ext. 4305|
|Fax||(66.2) 561 4771|
|Last updated: 03/09/2009|