Potential of Semi-Natural Silviculture of Deciduous Forests in Thailand.

TitlePotential of Semi-Natural Silviculture of Deciduous Forests in Thailand.
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsWeyerhaeuser H
ContactAuthorasb@cgiar.org, horst@loxinfo.co.th
PublisherDeutsche Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit
CityEschborn, Germany
KeywordsDegradation, forest, logging, Thailand
AbstractIn 1938 more than 70% of Thailand was covered by forest, in total 35 million hectares of vital forest. Of this, less than 20% remains. Large scale commercial and illegal logging can be held responsible on the one hand with the growth of urban areas and industrial estates on the other . Today, natural forest can only be found in very remote areas or in areas under protection. Remaining forests are suffering varying levels of degradation. Due to a logging ban, imposed by the Royal Thai Government, no commercial logging schemes exist, with the exception of Mangrove forests. The forests are more or less left alone without any silvicultural management . The aim of this research was to assess the structure and composition and the growth and yield of the forests under consideration. Subsequently, their silvicultural potentials were estimated and future prospects and potential for semi-natural silvicultural management investigated.