Summary: Deforestation and land degradation are two of the major environmental issues in South- and South-East Asia. Conversion of forests into agricultural lands, urbanization, infrastructure development , commercial logging and forest fires are among the major reasons for the degradation of natural resources in the region. The high rate of population growth and socio-economic development even accelerate and intensify the degradation process.
This case study which is designed to focus on the major priority problems
and issues concerning natural resources planning and management in two
South and South East Asian countries namely Nepal and Thailand. The case
study is a part of EU funded project entitled
Objectives: The main objective
of this project is to contribute towards the effective planning
and management of natural resources of the region. It aims to develop an
information network for wide dissemination of the output of the project
using a multi-media training tool and develop institutional capabilities
in the developing countries.