The course subject “Knowledge of the Land” is intended to create pride and good sense of Thailand of Kasetsart University which plays a role in Thai society and the world as an institution of higher education, reflecting its identity “To build the science of the land.” In addition, it aims to strengthen and develop students as good people with skills in learning and working within the framework of the university’s identity in order to qualify for citizenship of the nation and citizenship of the world. Course content is related to the identity of Kasetsart University, Knowledge of the land, learning the recognition of Thai Citizenship and World Citizenship, strengthening and developing skills in learning and working towards goals in the context of good self-reliance.
The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all united nation members. The SDGs are integrated,universal and transformative—that is, they recognize action in one area that will affect outcomes in others, and development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. Simultaneously, UI GreenMetric World University Ranking is one of the most important organizations which believes that many universities around the world have strong efforts to implement environmentally friendly and sustainable policies and programs. In 2019, the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking has the major important topic which involves the SDGs “Sustainable University in a Changing World: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities”. The subtopics can be described from Kasetsart University’s concepts as following: Lessons–This suite of lessons looks at the environmental threats to the planet and provides plenty of involving interactive tasks to help people in community understand how they can live more sustainable lives. Particularly, the lesson is defined as one of the most significant procedure to transform the community. Hence, the lesson is one of the most important practices that the university always realizes. Challenges– – Basically, sustainable development is a long- term solution to how the university plans indefinite progress in the future without causing damage to the environment so as to guarantee a safe habitat for the next generations who will continue to develop their economies, societies, and care for the environment with a similar ideal in mind. This satisfies the needs without sabotaging the opportunities of others. The concept covers a broad scope of matters such as environmental, social, and economic development which continues to prove its importance in our lives as it affects all aspects of them. The challenges are so necessary in current environment and they can help in living a more conscious and altruistic life. Kasetsart University has an effort to conduct knowledge resources by integrating with agricultural, environmental management and so on. Opportunities— The Sustainable Development Goals present a unique and critical challenge for universities around the world. But they’re also bringing to light some of the biggest investment opportunities in a generation. There are big opportunities for purposeful development in the universities’ community. By finding better solutions to some of the challenges which are not only helping to achieve the SDGs; they are also opening up substantial growth opportunities, because they are meeting an unmet need and tapping into long- term demand drivers. From the three significant subtopics are the university’s intentions which are steadily and regularly concerned to construct identity of community in Kasetsart University.
As it was mentioned earlier, Kasetsart University has intentionally concerned in what the world has being faced and what the university have to necessarily do. Continuously, there are many university’ s policies that relate to enhance quality living of all people in the university and community around us. The mentioned policies earlier, they are called “Three Paradigms of Transformation” which are the main concerns for developing the university. The paradigms are the key elements to integrate people’ s cooperation surroundings the community and in Kasetsart University. Firstly, the first paradigm is determined as “ Public Service” which is a significant service intended to serve all members of the community. Latterly, the second paradigm relates to “Social Engagement” which includes activity, interaction, social exchange, and lack of compulsion. The university has built the continuum of community commitment to develop this paradigm such as transactional, transitional and transformational engagement. And the last paradigm is defined as “Agricultural Innovation” which means working process with leading agricultural researchers, businesses, landowners, and farmers to develop the knowledge and technologies that will make modern farming more sustainable, resilient, and productive. Through practical and interactive workshops, farm walks, and on- farm demonstrations, this will help the community to put knowledge into practice. Furthermore, Kasetsart University always realize in constructing a happy, vibrant community, and also making strong social connections that create a sense of belonging. And along with belonging comes a sense of responsibility to support each other. With a strong sense of belonging and knowing other community members will take care of each other comes a sense of peace, security, and meaning. Consequently, the “Three Paradigms of Transformation” are the major factors that can be seen in Kasetsart University’ s activities.
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Best practice : Kasetsart University provides the course “Knowledge of the Land”
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Kasetsart University provides the course “Knowledge of the Land” aiming to build up dignity and awareness of being the Knowledge of the Land of Kasetsart University, that plays an important role for Thai and global societies. Being as a higher education institute, Kasetsart University deeply reflects on its identity, “Creating the knowledge of the land for the national well-being”. Addition to that, Kasetsart University has an intention to reinforce and develop the students to be smart, moral, and skillful to learn and work in accordance with the university’s identity as well as to further have appropriate characteristics for being the Thai and global citizens. The course contents relate to the history, uniqueness, and identity of Kasetsart University, learning from role models who created the knowledge of the land, perception of being the Thai and global citizens, reinforcing and developing learning and working skills to achieve the goals under the principles of awareness, determination, creativity, and harmony.
Additionally, the non-degree course of “Knowledge of the Land for Sustainable Development” consists of various modules, which are professional or partitional, encouraging Thai people to be knowledgeable of both theories and practices. It focuses on knowledge of performance and practical skills with learning-by-doing in the real learning sites, the development of current traditional farming to smart farming by focusing on agricultural administration and technology. This help farmers to gain more income and to shift to be entrepreneurial farmers who increase the value to the agricultural products through agricultural processing and initiate a start-up driven by the Concept of Innovation Driven Enterprises (IDE). This is the greatly important foundation for supporting Thailand to be the country with “Stability, Prosperity, Sustainability”.
The non-degree course of “Knowledge of the Land for Sustainable Development” consists of 21 modules in total. Each module has different objectives but each of them is also related and correspond to industries that are an important mechanism for driving the country’s economy. They also correspond to the national education reform and national development like the New Generation of Graduates Project which was directed by Thai’s Ministry of Education.
Twenty-one modules of the curriculum “Knowledge of the Land” are available.
- Animal Produce Production for Food Security and Sustainability
- Science in Environmental Management for Security and Sustainability
- Innovation of Natural Rubber for Sustainability
- Community Development for Sustainability
- Gem and Jewelry for Sustainable Gem Industry
- Agriculture for Life and Health
- Ornamental and Economical Aquatic Animal Aquaculture
- Analysis and Development for Agribusiness and Social Enterprise
- Agroforestry Land Use
- Forest Based Enterprises
- Plant Production for Food Entrepreneurs
- High Quality Beef Production
- Integration of Thai Rice Production for Food Safety
- Entrepreneurship for Vegetable Fruit and Cereal Beverages
- Wood Product Technology for Modern Entrepreneurs
- Young Children’s Development and Rearing
- Happy Aging Society in the 21st Century
- Psychology for Entrepreneurship Development
- Entrepreneurships for Fertilizer Business
- Data Science for Business
- Computing and Informatics
The students will learn with activity-based learning or using activities in learning processes. This course focuses on creating the joint learning processes in which the students are nourished with various skills and the knowledge and the instructors of the Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Student Affairs are integrated. [Figure 6.1-1]
The course “Knowledge of the Land” creates learning opportunities for everyone. It is a professional, interdisciplinary, and tailor-made course which students freely create their study plan according to their needs, preferences, interests. The knowledge of this course can be applied to the real-life since the course is designed to focus on learning outside the classroom, practicing with the real situation through various learning methods i.e. active learning, project-based learning, digital base leaning and work-integrated based learning. It is also challenging for the course that it can be extended internationally by providing an international course so that international students can attend the course which English or other languages can be used. This also supports students in boosting up their language skill along with cultural learning.
Thai Government created the Long-term National Strategy (20 Years), the Twelfth National Economic and Social Development Plan, and the National Education Plan emphasizing the importance of the development and reinforcement of human potentials since human resources are an important factor that drives Thailand to be a developed country. One of the goals is to develop the desirable characteristics of Thai people called Thais 4.0 who have the following characteristics: the knowledge, high skills and competency, public consciousness, social responsibility, and digital literacy. To achieve that, the key development guidelines should cover changing value and culture, developing human potential, reforming education, developing and mobilizing competent personnel, focusing on the quality of education and all education levels.
To respond to the government’s policy, it is an opportunity for Kasetsart University to establish a Bachelor of Science in Knowledge of the Lands for Sustainable Development. The aim is to produce the new generation of graduates and competent personnel to match the requirements of the production sector, according to the policies on Thai higher education reform which consist of curriculums, instructors, learning process and method, research, encouraging the use of information technology for education, and evenly distributing the educational opportunity. This curriculum is at the undergraduate level. A graduate must complete all of the modules required by the curriculum. It takes a semester (four months) to complete a module. Each module is a professional course containing a complete content within, equals to twenty credits. The students will receive the certificate of the module enrolled and what they learn from the module can be applied to their work or for their start-up. Learning in each module focuses on practicing in the actual sites, work-integrated learning, and embedding various technologies and systems into learning to shift to smart agriculture.
Remark: All activities in 6.1 refer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the global goals, especially relating to Goal 15 : Life on Land which Ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements Another important target is Goal 12 : Responsible Consumption and Production Kasetsart University intends to Ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.
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Currently, it is challenging for Thailand to achieve the goals of Thailand 4.0 and the quality of education is an important thing to have and it has to be continuously developed. As Kasetsart University is one of the government agencies, it’s also challenging for the university to increase the number of curriculums and subjects with a wide variety. This provides more options for the students in order to develop their knowledge and skills enabling them to catch-up with the innovations in the rapidly changing environment, particularly internet technology and other digital technologies which heavily influence on our working and daily life.
The Thai Government created the National Education Plan focusing on the development and enrichment of human potentials since human resources are an important factor that drives Thailand to be a developed country. This is an opportunity that Kasetsart University, the government educational institution, is as a starting point for building up the human potentials for the students making them valuable to the society. Kasetsart University realizes the importance of curriculum development by developing the number of curriculums that the students are able to choose it based on their interests.
Remark: All activities in 6.2 refer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the global goals, especially relating to Goal 3 : Good Health and Well-Being which Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks Another important target is Goal 12 : Responsible Consumption and Production Kasetsart University intends to Ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.
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6 4-1 Best practice : Project to conserve natural resources and solve environmental problems (The project for the elimination of water hyacinth by biotechnology for sustainable clean rivers and streams)
Research on the elimination of water hyacinths using fungi or biological methods is a natural method that does not have any effect to the environment, that is to say, once the mold has been sprayed, water hyacinths will begin to brown then start to disintegrate and submerged The process will take about 82 days and after that it will be naturally decomposed. In this research, the results showed that the submerged water hyacinth is bio-safe and does not affect the environment; does not cause disease to other plants and creatures . In addition, the clarity of the water after the removal of water hyacinths also showed clarity, making the scenery of the water source rehabilitate and looks better.
This research is to find ways to get rid of water hyacinth, which is considered a weeds on the water from the idea of using organisms to control organisms themselves, by using Myrothecium roridum strain 442 to destroy the water hyacinth abnormalities or diseases, and cannot grow and propagate by putting the mold in a spray machine , then spray on water hyacinth leaves. In the area that needs to be eliminated, the fungus will destroy the tissue cells of the leaves and other tissues of the water hyacinth, causing burns within 42 hours, then submerge and decompose itself naturally, not affecting the surrounding environment. As the mentioned process above, this can be considered a good alternative to the use of chemicals for disposal.
This research is the work of Dr. Arm Unartngam from the Department of Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Science and Dr. Jintana Unartngam from the Department of Plant Pathology, Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University Kamphaeng Saen Campus, funded by the National Research Council of Thailand (FSC) from the collection of fungal samples from water hyacinth leaves in 91 provinces throughout Thailand, and receive a part of the research budget from the government.
6.4-2 Best practice : Research “Banana leaf Food Basket” Public service – This research is an integration of work and academic services to the community.The research was disseminated as a training center for transferring knowledge on banana leaf Food Basket with the objective to help in promoting villagers to have extra careers by creating added value from the excess banana leaves that are currently overflowing; as another way for the villagers to earn income. From the research, it is found that the banana leaves are molded to invent food packaging such as cups and plates through pressing with a banana leaf food basket machine and selling in market will be able to make a profit per piece. In addition, the given knowledge has been transferred to exchange students and exhibitions in the country as well.
Banana leaf Food Basket project is the research and the inventions of students and professors in the Department of Agricultural Engineering as a prototype for the production of cups or banana leaf baskets that are free of sharp materials such as max, and reducing the process of separating sharp materials from the banana leaf basket when fermented to make fertilizer. The basket can also be applied to other types of leaves that have a wide variety of local species such as Thong Lang leaves, lotus leaves, palm leaves, etc. The Krathong or banana leaf baskets are used to contain food instead of foam and plastic. The project can decrease 100% biodegradable materials and reduce chemical contamination from food containers.
The research results of Krathong or banana leaf baskets by compression machine is the work of Mrs. Nonglak Lekrungroenggid, lecturer and her students. This research is a collaboration between researchers and the Energy and Environmental Engineering Center, Faculty of Engineering, Kamphaengsaen, Kasetsart University Kamphaeng Saen Campus.
6.4-3 Best practice : Research “Coconut Plant Conservation Plots” Public service – The research on coconut plant conservation project is a research that gathers coconut species in all areas of Thailand, which has about 200 varieties in an area of more than 30 rai of Kasetsart University Kamphaeng Saen Campus regarded as having the most diverse species in Thailand with the objective of being a coconut variety farming and is a learning center. The center provides information and coordinates distribution points in various areas to enable farmers to buy coconut in varieties that are suitable for the cultivated area of each region.
in the coconut plant conservation project of this research allows villagers to grow vegetables and gardens for consumption or sale as an extra income. In addition, the research on coconut plant conservation plots is supported by Biodiversity-Based Economy Development Office (Public Organization). [Figure 6.4-3]
6.4-4 Best practice : Research “prototype of wastewater treatment systems at original source for homestays and resorts” Public service – If wastewater is released into the river without treatment, it contains various pollutants, including having an effect on aquatic life and diversity of aquatic animal resources that may decrease or extinct.The owner of the research therefore realizes the importance of this problem hence The experiments was conducted in 5 resorts in Samut Songkhram province, as a model for prototype of wastewater treatment systems. Samut Songkhram province is an important tourist city and the local community also concerns the importance of water quality and have an appropriate environmental management system.
This research is to develop and design a wastewater treatment system that is used as a model for wastewater treatment of for homestay and resort businesses by choosing 3 treatment system methods: 1. Horizontal artificial subterranean wetland system 2. Integrated system using film-fixing microbes combined with horizontal artificial subterranean wetland system 3. Integrated treatment system which is applied of aeration and artificial subterranean wetland. In each area, ponds was modified to suit the area and also depended on different design of each.In addition, treated water can be used to water the plants further.
The research results of Dr. Lukkhana Benjawan, Central Laboratory and Greenhouse Complex, Faculty of Agriculture at Kamphaeng Saen Kasetsart University, in which the research was in collaboration with the Research Coordination Center for Local at Samut Songkhram Province about community participation, water quality management planning, in collaboration with 5 resorts, which are Baan Dalha, Ban Suan Khrua, Ban Suan Nanaphan, Ban Ko Phai, Ban Rom Phai, as a model resort for wastewater treatment.
6.4-5 Best practice : Research “Interior wall panels from teak leaves”, material from 100% natural. Public service – Teak leaves have made a lot of waste on the ground. Usually, the leaves are eliminated from the incinerator method, which is considered environmentally damaging. The research team therefore sees the importance of using waste teak leaves to add value by being built as a wall in the building because the leaves contain fibers that have heat and soundproof properties. This research is therefore one option and useful in helping to reduce the waste caused by the large quantity of teak leaves nowadays.
research of interior wall panels from teak leaves has won the Innovation Award at the WiC2015 exhibition in Seoul, South Korea. It is a research that uses teak to develop as interior wall linings. Teak leaves are found more than nine hundred thousand acres of the forests. Each year, there are a lot of leaves from the period of defoliation, and easy to find. The wall from teak leaves, then, has the property of heat insulation and sound absorption and contain substances that termites and insects do not like to eat. Materials used for bonding to make the wall use the bark of the rubber tree as glue. Since it is a natural material, it is safe and environmentally friendly. It is a chemical free material and is adding value to waste materials from nature.
This research has been collaborated with many departments, namely Dr. Sopa Visitsak, Lecturer at the Department of Building Innovation, Faculty of Architecture; and Associate Professor Dr. Songklod Jarusombuti from the Department of Forest Products, Faculty of Forestry; together with Ms. Patsorn Klinrod and Professor Dr. Joseph Khedari, Department of Building Innovation, Faculty of Architecture Kasetsart University.
6.4-6 Best practice : Research “EMARBLE, artificial stone material from egg shells” Public service – research, EMARBLE, artificial stone material from eggshell is the work of Associate Professor Dr. Singh Intrachooto, head of the Center for Creative Design for Environment, Department of Building Innovation, Faculty of Architecture Kasetsart University; and the research team. EMARBLE has a production process that requires a lot of garbage eggshells which are discarded to create added value by modifying them into various inventions.
This research work has won the prize from the innovation contest of Kasetsart University. The use of waste nearby, such as eggshell, to create “EMARBLE” which can be molded into building materials, wall paneling, mosaic tiles and various synthetic stones; for interior work buildings, offices, restaurants, schools, hospitals. Artificial stone materials or “EMARBLE” is the international innovation that has never been developed by artificial stone from eggshells for industrial construction because of its smell. The thin membrane in the eggshell makes it difficult to adjust the size which affects the development of composite materials.
6.4 -7 Best practice : Research of fireproof building materials from rubber wood chips Agricultural innovation – research results of Associate Professor Dr. Songklod Jarusombuti from the Department of Forest Products, Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University. The research team has developed refractory wood from rubber wood, small wood, wood chips in the rubber wood processing plant and the wood residue from other processing with chlor-laminated method or alternating layers of 3 layers to reinforce. Therefore they can withstand 3-5 times more force compared to conventional structural wood and compressed with boron compounds, to prevent fire including protection against termites and moths. This makes the use of wood last longer and considered to be cost-effective use of wood and to help protect the environment. The material has the same properties as wood, can nailed nails or molded parts such as doors / windows / planks etc. This research can transfer knowledge to the private sector for further commercialization as well.
6.4 -8 Best practice : Safe vegetable production in hydroponic systems Public service – for safe vegetable production in hydroponic systems at Kasetsart University Kamphaeng Saen Campus, there is an open academic training which the trainees can actually put into practice. A group of trainees planted for eating in the household and distributed for relatives on various occasions. The 2nd group leads small businesses to supplement their income. The 3rd group is seriously committed to doing business that needs to increase their knowledge and those who are unsuccessful in growing vegetables in hydroponic systems and want to find more knowledge and to find a consultant to help solve problems in order to be able to take care of quality grown vegetables; as well as giving a complete understanding of hydroponic plants which will be about planting systems, culture fertilizer mixing and hands-on demonstration. Also they would like to learn about growing all hydroponic vegetables, including marketing and the control of insects and diseases of vegetables using BT microbes. Nematodes, insect pests and Trichoderma fungi.
Hydroponic vegetables is a crop growing without soil. Hydroponic vegetables use water that contains dissolved plant nutrients which is considered a new method of growing plants especially the cultivation of vegetables and plants that are used as food due to saving space and not contaminated with various chemicals in the soil. Hydroponic cultivation techniques will increase profits for farmers and the planting that does not use the soil, therefore, the plants do not have diseases in the soil, without weeds, do not need to manage the soil and can still grow crops very close to each other. For this reason, plants yield higher amounts while using limited space. In addition, very little water is used because of the closed loop system which will use only a little amount of water.
Hydroponic Vegetable Plant at Kasetsart University Kamphaeng Saen campus is funded by Israel in the construction of a Hydroponic Vegetable Plant System including various equipments at production and research and development.
6.4 -9 Best practice : Research on the production of plywood from waste of cajuput or white samet wood Agricultural innovation – Kasetsart University invents innovative wooden substitute materials to help solve the problem of using natural wood, which is a limited resource for maximum benefit by using waste from nature such as waste from agriculture, industry, wood waste, branches, etc. to research, produce plywood by using glue as a binder and tested for the properties of the plywood obtained from waste wood to increase the value of the produce of white samet wood to make the most useful, and can be used as information and as an option for further development of the forestry industry. In the plywood production industry, most of the use of rubber wood and eucalyptus wood as a raw material for production because it is the economic tree of Thailand. The researcher foresaw that the importance of using non-economic wood rather to be more useful.
This research has been collaborated with many departments, namely Associate Professor Dr. Songklod Jarusombuti and Associate Professor Dr. Teera Veenin from the Department of Forest Products, Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University; together with Miss Panuchsadi Yyenjai, a graduate student, Master of Science Program, Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment Management, Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University.
From research on the elimination of water hyacinth using biotechnology for sustainable clean rivers. With the challenge of allowing Kasetsart University to Kamphaengsaen Campus is a pilot model for the removal of water hyacinths in water sources by use of mold and expand the scope of applications to the national level in the future. Currently, water hyacinth problem in water sources is considered one of the important problems in Thailand. In addition, the research of interior wall panels from teak leaves, or the research of EMARBLE, artificial stone material from eggshell, the research of refractory building materials from rubber wood chips, and research on the production of plywood from waste of white samet wood. They are challenges in making people aware and paying attention to recycling waste from waste wood or waste materials to create benefits or add value, to help reduce the amount of waste and air pollution from other types of waste disposal, such as incineration, etc. Since the nature of the research is to use wood waste or waste materials to develop into new products, adding value. This is a way to use limited resources for maximum benefit as well as research on the prototype of wastewater treatment system at the source for homestays and resorts. There are future challenges in improving wastewater treatment to be used more safely and use this water waste treatment widely. Since the research shows that water is reused in some cases, it is still contaminated. All of which are under the concept of environmental friendliness.
Research on water hyacinth, the removal of water hyacinth by biotechnology for sustainable clean river can support government policy that wants to reduce the number of water hyacinth in water source. This research is considered to be a sustainable eradication of water hyacinths. The hyacinth that eliminated cannot return to grow and expand again. In addition, research that uses waste to process or add value, which is considered as an alternative to environmentally friendly disposal, is a research on banana leaf food basket, interior wall panels research from teak leaves and EMARBLE research of artificial stone material from eggshell can reduce the amount of garbage in our country resulting in reduced waste disposal costs. It also creates benefits from waste or waste materials as well.
Remark : All activities in 6.4 refer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the global goals, especially relating to the main goal 11 : Sustainable Cities and Communities that Kasetsart University intends to support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning and – Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials. Another related Kasetsart University target is goal 12 : Responsible Consumption and Production, intending to achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
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It is challenging for Kasetsart University to allocate more budget to for supporting research implementation and to evenly provide the budget for researchers to encourage them to conduct their researches successfully and achieving the goals of their research. This is to comply to Thailand’s research policy and strategy which aim at producing the staff for research and innovation, whose their capability is achieved to a global standard, to be available for shifting Thailand into the group of income countries.
According to the Thailand’s Research Policy and Strategy, the 20-year Research and Innovation Strategy, and the 20-year Strategic Plan of Staff Development for Research and Innovation, they aim to (1) produce and develop the staff for research and innovation having their capability to compete with other countries, having skills and characteristics to be adaptable to the global technological change, supporting Thailand by creating new knowledge and intellectual properties; (2) to develop a high-skilled workforce corresponding to the entrepreneur’s requirements, having ability to apply technology for their extended development; and (3) to generate the qualified student production which produces the professional researcher and innovators. These are the opportunities that Kasetsart University emphasizes on granting research budget to support the creation of researches which can be extended to career development, generate income in the future as well as contributing benefits to the society.
Remark: All activities in 6.5 refer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the global goals, especially relating to the main goal 11 : Sustainable Cities and Communities that Kasetsart University intends to support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning and – Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials. Another related Kasetsart University target is goal 12 : Responsible Consumption and Production, intending to achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
6.8-1 Best practice : The Project on Restoring Green Areas in Bang Kobua, Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan or “Bang Kachao”
Kasetsart University Bangkhen Campus implemented the Projects on Green-Area Restoration in Bang Kobua, Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakarn, or “Bang Kachao” to conserve the green areas in this location and to develop an ecotourism site which is beneficial to the public in terms of both environmental benefits and awareness raising to cherish the forest resources. The Bang Kachao green area is highly significant in terms of being as a traditional agricultural conservation area of the Chao Phraya River Basin. In addition, the ecosystems are diverse consisting of freshwater forest, brackish forest, and terrestrial forest ecosystems. The university realizes the great importance of this area. Therefore, to improve the landscape and to develop the area to be harmonized with the way of life of the community along with the conservation of the nature and ecosystems, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority assigned the Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University, which has experts who are professional in ecology, reforestation and management of urban green areas. This project has started and collaborated with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority and the Royal Forest Department since 2010 and continued to the present. In 2019, the development of green areas under the project “Our Khung Bang Kachao” were implemented in collaboration with government, private agencies, and educational institutions namely Royal Forest Department, Shell Thailand, PTT Public Company Limited, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Charoen Pokphand Group, True Corporation, Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited, and Kasetsart University. Two working committees of green conservation groups were established at two levels: district level and Khung Bang Krachao level, in order to work with the communities preparing for the implementation of green area development.
To make this area to be the lung of Bangkok people. Then, it is further developed to be an ecotourism destination harmonizing with its ecosystem and local livelihoods as well as the community’s acceptance by mobilizing knowledge and experts from various faculties and assisting Bang Kachao community through the Project on the Sustainable Development of Bang Kachao Community 2019, which can be also a role model for other communities.
Targets: The communities in Bang Kobua, Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakarn or “Bang Kachao.
Outputs: The targeted communities or organizations were developed and strengthened with concrete evidence and the Master Plan for Conserving and Developing the Khung Bang Kachao Green toward Sustainability area, were made.
To relate with the community requirements, the implementation framework and the goals for community development of Bang Krachao were established covering six dimensions. The Kasetsart University’s experts who are an expertise of each field, set a plan to support the community development in various ways including the green area development, water management and riverbank erosion, waste management, career promotion, tourism, and the development of youth, education and culture. Various types of activities strengthening the community were provided as the followings:
- – Teaching English to community members to be able to communicate with tourists.
- – Creating a roll-up presenting the knowledge on local herbal compress ball.
- – Providing knowledge under the Project on the laboratory analysis of veterinary technology
- – Arranging knowledge transfer activities on plant production technology, production factor management, and value-adding.
- – Arranging knowledge transfer activities on the culture techniques of black soldier fly for composting organic wastes.
- – Arranging knowledge transfer activities to enhance the well-being of society and community by generating more income, reducing wastes, and adding value to agricultural materials etc.
Additionally, the community members freely participated in, acknowledged any information, and shared their ideas to develop their community in a similar direction. They also applied the knowledge derived from the project to further develop Bang Kachao Community sustainably.
Agricultural innovation :
Kasetsart University tries to provide academic services as social services to all areas of Bang Krachao community using various types of academic services implemented under the financial supports from some government projects, such as Thailand 4.0 Project. Various innovations created were introduced to Bang Kachao community for improving various aspects of their livelihoods. The training was provided to educate farmers aiming to improve their quality of life or to collaborate with the private sector for innovation development. This is to elevate the potentials of competition in terms of both production and creation of various innovative products in order to add the value to the products for sales or any products that related to daily life, in accordance with the Thailand 4.0 Policies.
Socials engagement :
Currently, the development of green areas under the project “Our Khung Bang Kachao” are being implemented in collaboration with government and private agencies, and educational institutions namely Royal Forest Department, Shell Thailand, PTT Public Company Limited, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Charoen Pokphand Group, True Corporation, Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited, Kasetsart University. Two working committee of green conservation groups were established at two levels: district level and Khung Bang Krachao level, in order to work with the communities preparing for the implementation of green area development.
The main objective, which is the most important thing, of the development and conservation of green areas in Bang Kachao community is to make this area to be the lung of Bangkok people. Time Magazine announced the green area of Bang Kachao as “The Best Urban Oasis of Asia” in 2006. Then, it is further developed to be an ecotourism destination harmonizing with its ecosystem and local livelihoods by mobilizing knowledge and experts from various faculties and assisting Bang Kachao community to be a community with sustainable development. This can be also a role model for other communities.
As Kasetsart University is an academic institution that realizes the importance of green areas of Khung Bang Kachao, A series of research projects “Integrated Research for Sustainable Ecological Development of Khung Bang Kachao” was carried out with a research action plan which was created and corresponding to the area and geosocial conditions. The series comprises of various research projects as follows:
1) The Research Project on “Diversity and Utilization of Insect for Agro-ecological development of Khung Bang Kachao”. The main responsible institution is the Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University.
2) The Research Project on “Horticulture for the Sustainable Green Areas of Khung Bang Kachao”. The main responsible institution is the Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University. 3) The Research Project on “The Physical and Biological Resources of Khung Bang Kachao”. The main responsible institution is the Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University.
4) The Research Project on “Silviculture for Ecodevelopment of Sustainable Green Areas of Khung Bang Kachao”. The main responsible institution is the Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University.
5) The Research Project on “Architecture”. The main responsible institution is the Faculty of Architecture, Kasetsart University.
6) The Research Project on “Development of Sustainable Creative Tourism by Khung Bang Kachao Community”. The main responsible institution is the Faculty of Business Administration, Kasetsart University.
7) The Research Project on “Economic and Social Sustainability of the Green Areas of Khung Bang Kachao”. The main responsible institution is the Faculty of Economics, Kasetsart University.
Integrated research was applied in these studies in order to cover various dimensions in the equilibrium of three main perspectives i.e. society, economics and environment. Then, apply the researches into practice in the community and achieve the project objectives and goals to maximize the benefits for the Bang Kachao Community.
The area development of Bang Kachao Community is an academic service that focuses on providing social services which comply with the missions of Kasetsart University on academic services for society, stated in the 12-Year Strategic Plan of Kasetsart University (2017-2028), Strategy 1: Creating the knowledge of the land for sustainable national development. Kasetsart University has provided academic services in the areas around the university and other campuses. The projects on Enhancement of Sustainable Bang Kachao was implemented in 2019 in Bang Kobua, Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakarn. In order to comply with the ongoing policy, Kasetsart University has made the master plan for conservation and development of green areas of “Khung Bang Kachao” to maintain the sustainability of the areas based on the basis of economics, society, and environment. The goal is to use the plan as a framework for conservation and development of Khung Bang Kachao, based on three equilibrium of development principles, namely “economy, society and environment”. The public participation is also emphasized in the planning process with the best available information to ensure that this master plan is responsive for creating other implementation plan and for the future application of the green area conservation and development in Khung Bang Kachao to enhance its sustainability.
Workshop of The Project “Bang Kachao”
The implementation framework and the goals for the Project on Green-area Restoration of Bang Krachao were established to correspond with the community’s requirements covering six dimensions i.e. green area development, water management and riverbank erosion, waste management, career promotion, tourism, and the development of youth, education and culture. Examples of the projects and activities are the followings:
– The Project on Providing Academic Services to Bang Kachaoa 2019 Objectives: 1. To strengthen the community by teaching them English in enhancing their communication ability with foreign tourists; 2. To create a roll-up regarding a local herbal compress ball presenting such knowledge to the clients who are foreign tourists.
Targets: Representatives of Bang Krachao communities
Outputs: The community members are able to communicate with foreigners.
– Project on Restoring and Increasing the Potentials of local plant production in Khung Bang Kachao and Value-adding of the Local Products 2019 Objectives: 1. To survey the groups and communities that need the knowledge and technology of agricultural science in order to restore and develop the production of plants and agricultural products in Khung Bang Kachao; 2. To arrange knowledge transfer activities on plant production technology, production factor management, and value-adding; 3. To add value to the agricultural products in the community by processing and developing food or packaging.
Targets: Interested farmers and people in Khung Bang Kachao
Outputs: The farmers in the community gained the knowledge which is accordant to what they want to learn for solving and increasing their capabilities as well as paying attention to the restoration of agricultural areas to be continuously productive.
– The Project on Enhancing Bang Kachao toward Sustainability by Kasetsart University 2019 Objectives: To increase the community’s capability of providing tourism services, especially the operators who have pets; To share knowledge and experiences with experts, professional institutions and; to ensure the safety of tourists regarding the negative impacts of communicable diseases caused by local animals as well as the knowledge on healthcare, vaccination, and population control of both owned and unowned dogs and cats in the community.
Targets: Bang Kachao community and nearby districts
Outputs: The community members are aware of disease prevention and the control of cat and dog populations.
– The Project on Ecosystem Restoration of Bang Krachao Green Areas Using Participation Processes Objectives: 1. To restore the ecosystem of the Bang Kachao green areas under the framework of the Master Plan for Conserving and Developing the Bang Kachao Green Areas; 2. To develop and to strengthen the capabilities of the community and networks for the ecosystem restoration of green areas using participation processes; 3. To create learning processes on ecosystem restoration of Bang Krachao green areas and apply the learning processes with the students and staff of Kasetsart University and the relevant agencies.
Targets: Bang Kachao Community
Outputs: Developing the community’s capability for ecosystem restoration of green areas using participation processes. The students and staff of Kasetsart University learned the ecosystem restoration of urban green areas.
6.8-2 Best practice : Strengthening capacity of farmers around Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus to produce certified organic glutinous rice seeds The objective is to manage sticky rice production for food security, on the basis of biodiversity of sticky rice varieties in the northeast region. Kasetsart University will design and implement a learning process to enhance potential of producing standard of organic glutinous rice seeds for the group of Dow Lom Duan rice varieties producers. This will help farmers to sell paddy seeds at a higher price for higher incomes as well.
Kasetsart University organizes activities to enhance the potential of farmers around Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus in producing certified organic glutinous rice seeds. It is need for without shortage of good seeds for farmers who produce sticky rice. In order to, get higher productivity and standard of production. It is for safety of themselves, consumers and the environment. Various related activities has been organized to learn about producing organic rice seeds, organic blutinous rice varieties contest and training for preparation to get organic product certification.
Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus designed and implemented a learning process to enhance the potential of standard organic glutinous rice seed production. The Campus Guided farmers to produce glutinous rice as product for consumption of household. The rest are for sold and take into agriproduct processing. Including food products, beverages, and cosmetics production. Various innovations have been developed to be consistent with various activities of sticky rice production for food security of community.
Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus, in collaboration with the group of organic rice seed producers comprised of 25 farmers from Chiang Khrua Subdistrict, Mueang District, Sakon Nakhon Province, participating in the project that have passed the certification of organic rice production standards, and 8 farmers who produce rice seeds have passed the standard and can sold products as an extra income.
6.8-3 Best practice : A museum related to the preservation of silk in response to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother’s wish to preserve traditional Thai arts and cultural heritage (Aunt Thum and Aunt Thai Museum) A museum related to the preservation of silk in response to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother promoting the products from weaving skills of the villagers of Nong Khae, Sakon Nakhon Province, as well as reviving cultivation of native Thai species of mulberry and Thai pattern fabric weaving. In order to have extra income from weaving and preserving of Thai pattern fabric. Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother accepted the Nong Khae people as members of the Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Technique of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand or the SUPPORT Foundation.
Aunt Thum and Aunt Thai Museum opens to general public to learn both theory and practice, including silk production process and silkworm raising processes. In order learner can be inherit knowledge, proud, and appreciate beautiful memories of the royal works. Also get the knowledge that has been received and applied in everyday life and expand the effects to those around the community and the general public.
The production process until it became silk must rely on machinery innovation. From silkworm raising, bringing silk to weave as fabric, and indigo dyeing, every process requires innovation and specific technology for production. Therefore, Kasetsart University has researched to develop for more efficient production.
The villagers of Nong Khae, Sakon Nakhon Province together joined with faculty staff of Kasetsart University to do research on how to dye indigo to have a consistent color on silk. This method helps increased income for the community because the silk has better quality.
6.8-4 Best practice : International training course on Sufficiency Economy organized by TICA and ETO- KU, Bangkok, Thailand Extension and Training Office, Kasetsart University jointly organized an international training course on Sufficiency Economy with Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There were 183 participants from 51 countries participated in this program. The object was to educate participants about sufficiency economy and explaning of Thai experience in agricultural extension and life in learning management in a learning center. The training course is committed to enabling general public to strengthen economic and social development.
According to royal guidance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great gave to Thai people on ways of living so that the people can sustainably live under globalization and changing. For this reason, Kasetsart University organized an international training course on Sufficiency Economy by integrating the concepts of the sufficiency economy and various concepts of royal projects, and connecting them with other sciences in order to gain new knowledge for general public, so that people can pass on this knowledge to farmers or others. The object of this training course was enabling trainees to apply the knowledge gained to their livelihoods or to solve problems for the community, society, and the country.
Kasetsart University organized an innovation contest to promote new innovations. The object was to promote career by the new theory and sufficiency economy, such as agricultural engineering, and improving living of people and sufficiency economy, water related, medical and public health, and science and technology. The example of the innovation such as Nil 4.0 application, household rice mill, and so on.
Extension and Training Office, Kasetsart University jointly organized an international training course on Sufficiency Economy with Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There were 183 participants from 51 countries participated in this program namely: Kenya, Seychelles, Nepal, Berkina Faso, Vietnam, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Gambia, Mexico, Colombia, Morocco, Nigeria, Cambodia, Ghana, Gabon, Costa Rica, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Jordan, China, Chile, Eswatini, Samoa, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Tajikistan, Botswana, Bangladesh, Burundi, Pakistan, Paraguay, Myanmar, Philippines, Bhutan, Mongolia, Mauritius, Maldives, Madagascar, Uganda, Laos, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Solomon Islands, Afghanistan, Argentina, Indonesia, Iran, Egypt, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Oman and Thailand.
6.8 -5 Best practice : Kasetsart University Library at Sriracha Campus has been awarded the G – Green award and the certificate; which was given under the concept of the 12th anniversary G – Green from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. In addition, Kasetsart University Library at Sriracha Campus has also received a plaque from Climate Change Navigators Organization underlying the concept of using Cool Mode and number 5 clothing.
Kasetsart University Library is open for students, personnel and general public, allowing people to use the service all the time. The university therefore has an idea to decrease energy usage and use energy efficiently.The university therefore sees the importance of providing efficient and cost-effective services. As the mentioned awards, the university has succeeded in the terms of energy-saving and e-co friendly.
The libraries of the university have encouraged the personnel to choose cool clothing which is the innovation with special properties in absorbing sweat and cooling well.This kind of innovated clothing can be worn indoors or in rooms with an air conditioning temperature of 25c without feeling uncomfortable. This alternative can help decrease the use of electricity from air conditioners and reduce greenhouse gas emissions also in accordance with the energy saving policy of the library as well.
The library of Kasetsart University is sponsored with prizes from Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and organizations to reduce global warming. Showing that the university has policies that focus on being environmentally friendly.
6.8-6 Best practice : Kasetsart University has organized tree planting activities to increase green areas underlying the concept of the Green Campus Master Plan by promoting tree planting, increasing green areas and public areas as follows. 1. Planting trees at the 77th Anniversary of Kasetsart Park, Kasetsart University, this university’s area has a policy to increase green space for public benefit located in Soi Phahonyothin 45, on an area of over 45 rai, according to the concept of green campus master plan which specifies sustainable guidelines for living and conserving green areas by adjusting the area into a public park at the community level with a service radius of 3-8 kilometers. 2. Kasetsart University Annual Cleaning and Planting Day 2019 Project at Kamphaeng Saen campus received cooperation from departments within the campus, consisting of faculties, offices and personnel, students from every faculty joining an activity by planting 650 trees in an area of 10 rai at the village courtyard and also Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus. These activities received well cooperation from the faculties, staffs, and students including Executive Officer of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, Executives and staff of Phu Pha Yol National Park, Executives and staff of Phu Phan National Park, Executives and staff of Royal Forest Development Project Dong Chom Phu Phan Forest and Dong Kar Cher Forest Park in Sakon Nakhon Province, jointly plant 1,000 Siamese rosewood trees, 1,000 Afzelia xylocarpa (Kurz) Craib trees, a total of 2,000 at the Phra Phirun Song Nak courtyard and behind the Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus building. 3. Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University Kamphaeng Saen Campus planted 100 rai of forest in honor of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua; on the occasion of 67th Birthday Anniversary. 4. Faculty of Engineering, Kasetsart University Kamphaeng Saen Campus brought administrators, faculty and staff of the faculty planting Yellow Star tree which is a sacred tree of Rama 10, in the amount of 10 trees, in honor of the King on the auspicious occasion of the coronation, B.E. 2562.
Tree planting activities in various areas, Kasetsart University intends to create green spaces and parks to provide services to students, personnel, people nearby communities and the general public for leisure or exercise activities. In addition, it is to increase the green area and create carbon-absorbing sources also reduce the greenhouse effect which is a current international problem as well.
From various activities regarding tree planting, the university has received cooperation from the faculties, staffs and students of Kasetsart University including Executive Officer of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, Executives and staff of Phu Pha Yol National Park, Executives and staff of Phu Phan National Park, Executives and staff of Royal Forest Development Project Dong Chom Phu Phan Forest and Dong Kar Cher Forest Park in Sakon Nakhon. Therefore the project activities meet their objectives successfully.
6.8-7 Best practice : Rice planting activities on the campuses of Kasetsart University 1. The Student Club of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kamphaeng Saen Campus Nakhon Pathom, organized a project to carry on the legendary agriculture (Farming tradition or Planting rice seedlings in the field), Academic year 2019 2. Activities to carry on the tradition “Planting rice for Mother’s Day … Harvesting on Father’s Day” (Riceberry) for the year 2019 with an area of over 13.5 rai at Thung Na Phrai (behind gas station), Kasetsart University Kamphaeng Saen Campus. The objective is to greatly honor Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother’s on the occasion of the 87th Birthday Anniversary. 3. Faculty of Natural Resources and Agro-Industry, Kasetsart University Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus organized a traditional rice planting event – The 6th Unity of Nong Phi Nonsee Isan on 13 July 2019, Watcharapong Intrawong, Vice President for Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus, presided over the opening ceremony for the traditional rice planting event – The 6th Unity of Nong Phi Nonsee Isan, together with the executives, personnel and students of Kasetsart University Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus joined this event, for students to learn in farming which is the way of life in the local area. It is also a way for students to be aware of the farming career. In which rice is a crop that has nourished Thai people for a long time, it is also an important economic crop of the nation. This activity also encourages students to work together to create love, unity, and sympathy for each other at demonstration farm, Kasetsart University Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus.
Rice planting activities of Kasetsart University allowed students to learn in the field of farming, which they can gain the given knowledge and practice in real life or as a career in the future.
The event was organized in collaboration with the administrators, personnel from the Faculty of Agriculture at Kamphaeng Saen Campus, and the Faculty of Natural Resources and industry Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campu.
6.8-8 Best practice : Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus organized educational training, and delivery of dry fertilizer, liquid fertilizer compost bins and bio-gas fermentation tank set underlying the project “Developing a strengthening network system for managing solid waste in the eastern region of the community” in the budget year 2018, with the focus on reducing the amount of organic waste at the source. Utilization with fermentation to produce bio gas fermentation to make fertilizer for use in the community and gave 200 dry fertilizer and liquid fertilizer compost bins.
The project has organized training to provide knowledge to various communities in the eastern region and every training at Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus, by giving away dry fertilizer, liquid fertilizer compost bins, and bio-fermentation tanks set to the community, allowing villagers to not have to spend money on investment in equipment and supplies.
This fermentation tank, the Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus invented and designed for convenience can be easily used suitable for households and communities.
For educating communities, the Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus received cooperation from communities in various areas in participating and learning information.Organize educational training and delivery of dry fertilizer compost bins model and bio gas fermentation tank set.
6.8 -9 Best practice : Kasetsart University Greenhouse Gas Reduction Project
1.1. From the green university policy of Kasetsart by the Center of Specialized Strategies for Environmentally Friendly Business (VGreen-KU), Faculty of Environment, conducted an assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from the KU President Forum: Celebration of the 76th Anniversary of Kasetsart University (Universities as Hubs for AI Research and Development) on 1 February 2019 at the university auditorium, Kasetsart University. In the event, there were cooperation discussions on research and development on artificial intelligence in international level. From the initial assessment found that greenhouse gas emissions equal to 11 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from various activities of the event, using the guidelines of the Carbon Footprint, the organization of the Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization) (TGO) by considering the fuel and combustion, food and beverages in the event, electricity use, travel of colleagues, usable materials and waste disposal etc. and offset carbon credits from Bio Power Project from Mitr Phol Company, which operates the construction project of a thermal power plant (steam) and electric power from bagasse fuel. As a result, the Carbon Neutral certification has been demonstrated leadership in greenhouse gas management in carbon neutral event management, including emission reduction management measures. GHG From the separation and waste management, waste water treatment, reduce energy consumption. This helps to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas by 11 tCO2e, equivalent to planting 190 trees.
1.2. Associate Professor Dr. Trin Saengsuwan received an honorary plaque from Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on the occasion of Kasetsart University Kamphaeng Saen Campus has been registered by Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO) in the Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Reduction Project in accordance with the Thailand Standard (T-VER) in the category of forestry and green areas, considered to be the first university in Thailand.
This greenhouse gas reduction project is to promote and support all sectors to participate in voluntary greenhouse gas reduction in the country and transfer knowledge about greenhouse gas assessment guidelines and measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions properly according to international standards which the greenhouse gas reduction project is considered to be very beneficial to the environment as well.
At the event, there was a collaboration of research and development on artificial intelligence in international level. There was a project to construct a thermal power plant (steam) and electric power from bagasse fuel resulting in being certified with the Carbon Neutral mark, demonstrating its leadership in greenhouse gas management.
This project is a collaboration from the Center of Specialized Strategies for Environmentally Friendly Business (VGreen-KU), Faculty of Environment, Carbon Footprint, Organization of the Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public organization), and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
6.8-10 Best practice : Activities to reduce plastic and care for the environment
1. Dean of Faculty of Science holds the first vision in Kasetsart University in response to the government’s policy to push the SCI KU GO ZERO WASTE WITH KM PACKAGING project to stop using 100% foam and plastic packaging in collaboration with KM Packaging Company, the number 1 paper packaging manufacturer in Thailand and ASEAN. In support of packaging throughout the project, it is expected to help reduce plastic and foam waste by more than 4.5 hundred thousand per year. The Logo Project motivates students to pay attention to waste management problems and also prepare for the first use of biodegradable packaging for the first time at the Agricultural Fair 2019 which will be held soon. Associate Professor Dr. Apisit Songsasen, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University revealed the details of the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) “SCI KU GO ZERO WASTE WITH KM PACKAGING” with KM Packaging Co., Ltd. as an important first step of Kasetsart University. This MOU has started a project that will lead to the abolition of 100% foam and plastic packaging with the target in 2019. The Faculty of Science wants to push Food turned to packaging that is biodegradable, 100% natural.
2. Students and faculty members of the Department of Packing Technology and Materials, Faculty of Agro- Industry Kasetsart University won the prize from submitting work to participate in the packaging contest of the year 2019 (ThaiStar Packaging Awards 2019), organized by Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of industry. There are 436 works from all over the country. Students and faculty members of the Department of Packing Technology and Materials have been awarded in the category of environmentally friendly design, including the work of Miss Nuanwan Kongsangchai, special award, Name of work: Easy Cut
3. Kasetsart University organized the Agricultural Fair for the year 2019 between 25 January – 2 February 2019 under the concept of “Kasetsart Innovation: Pay attention to the environment,” to participate in environmental conservation according to the green university policy and responding to the government’s environmental conservation policy. The shops in the event will come together to stop using foam to reduce the use of single use plastic together to separate the waste, reduce energy consumption and waste water management and also everyone was invited to carry their cloth bag, shoulder bag, carry bag, towing water bottle, green heart come to visit Kaset Fair.
KU agricultural fair (Kaset Fair) 2019 underlying the concept of “Kasetsart University leading Thailand Innovation Care for the environment ” had aim to provide convenience with waste sorting bins placed at various points of the and there is also a demonstration of the proper separation of waste. It is a way of transferring knowledge to participants, able to put into practice in daily life.
Kasetsart University has collaborated with companies, KM Packaging Company Limited, the manufacturer of paper packaging no. 1, to support the production of various packaging materials. which is environmentally friendly and 100% biodegradable, such as cups, bags, cloths and so on, and to replace plastic foam and reduce waste as well as being extended with a design contest Logo of the project to motivate students to pay attention to waste management problems. Turned to use packaging that is 100% naturally biodegradable.
Faculty of Science Kasetsart University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) “SCI KU GO ZERO WASTE WITH KM PACKAGING” with KM Packaging Company Limited to drive the termination of foam and plastic packaging 100 % and Kaset Fair was held underlying the concept “Kasetsart University leading Thailand Innovation Caring for the environment “with the cooperation of students, personnel, stores and the people who come to visit Kaset Fair, in reducing plastic use by bringing your own cloth tote bag and own mugs at various shops, using natural biodegradable packaging. In addition, the Faculty of Agro-Industry Kasetsart University won the prize from submitting work to participate in the packaging contest in the category of environmentally friendly design organized by the Department of Industrial Promotion, the Ministry of Industry. [Figure 6.8-10]
6.8-11 Best practice : Kasetsart University Kamphaeng Saen Campus has registered 352 Pink trumpet trees(Chompoo Pantip); as the “Heritage of the Land” of 2019. – Pink trumpet trees (Chompoo Pantip) in the area is the concept of Professor Dr. Wattana Sathiensawat. In 1977, he served as the first vice president of Kamphaeng Saen Campus. He had a policy to plant large trees to protect against wind and for shading in the future. Therefore he determined to plant on both sides of the road, starting from the irrigation gate, passing in front of the demonstration school of Kasetsart University Kamphaeng Saen Campus until the Chantarubeksa Gate which is 3-kilometer distance from the starting point He received the seed from Professor Rapee Sakrik, the president at that time who brought the seeds from Singapore. Until now, Pink trumpet trees (Chompoo Pantip) is still growing and providing beautiful flowers every year, living on the campus of Kamphaeng Saen to this day.
Kasetsart University Kamphaeng Saen Campus is open to general public especially Pink trumpet trees (Chompoo Pantip) area, for doing activities such as jogging, photography, resting area and receiving ozone, etc.
6.8 -12 Best practice : Kasetsart University Bangkhen Campus is the leader in particulate matter forecasting PM 2.5, announced on the website https://airq.ku.ac.th/index.php The data is updated hourly at the beginning of the hour. The automatic refresh system every 5 minutes from the over-standard PM 2.5 dust problem on January 16-17, 2019. Kasetsart University cares for the health of the community. Kasetsart University implement urgent measures to report the condition of internal air dust mg. online from the evaluation of particulate matter, PM 2.5 in the area exceeded the standard causing to affect people Kasetsart University Bangkhen Campus then brought a high-pressure water truck to spray water to wash dust that tracked trees, garden areas, installed high-pressure water spray on the roof of the building and install water spray lines in the air along roads and routes within Kasetsart University in order to “be an extra measure” to reduce dust in the university area in accordance with the policy of the Acting President of Kasetsart University in the area within Kasetsart University Bangkhen. In addition, the Vehicle Building and Physical Plant Division is assigned along with the Office of the Thai Public Relief and Protection Bangkok has paved the way for cleaning pavements, spraying leaves on the campus along the fence, use the drone to spray water spray, spray high- pressure water in the air in the university area and nearby communities to reducing PM 2.5 dust in the air.
The university published the website https://airq.ku.ac.th/index.php which is an air dust estimation website that people can access to monitor dust, and in addition, the university has conducted a spray cleaning and cleaning of sidewalks near the university to spray high-pressure water in the air in the university area and nearby communities to reduce PM 2.5 dust in the air for the KU community and the general public for good environment and weather.
Kasetsart University Bangkhen Campus has assigned the Faculty of Environment which has a popular measurement station near the surface and air quality integrated with the Computer Services Office PM 2.5 to online dust condition. The report can be monitored closely via the website. https://airq.ku.ac.th/index.php.
Kasetsart University Bangkhen Campus in collaboration with the Office of Public Disaster Relief and Prevention Bangkok carried out the water-spray line for cleaning the sidewalk, spraying leaves on the campus along the fence use the drone to spray water, and spray high-pressure water in the air in the university area and nearby communities to reducing PM 2.5 dust in the air.
The Greenhouse Gas Challenge is a problem that all sectors seriously concern and try to solve this problem. Therefore, there is the challenge to invent research and development on artificial intelligence international level to lead universal solutions. Currently, the Faculty of Science has invented and designed waste compost bin, dry fertilizer and bio gas fermentation tank set up in order to reduce combustion, it is the disposal of organic waste in the household by being environmentally friendly and use garbage to benefit and to create natural sustainability. In addition, rice planting activities is to encourage the students to realize the importance of the tradition of traditional rice planting. Therefore there is the challenge to demonstrate a sustainable tradition and a goal to increase green space in the university in order to keep sustainable natural resources in the future. These activities are intentionally going to use naturally biodegradable materials instead of using plastic packaging. There is a challenge that the university intends to stop 100% plastic now. From the problem of PM2.5 dust exceeding the standard value, the university has published the website for the general public to monitor dust. Kasetsart University sees the future development that will be made into an application for easily of use.
Based on the government’s environmental conservation policy, Kasetsart University, therefore, realize that it is a good opportunity to publicize the plastic reduction activity and to promote the use of natural biodegradable packaging that the university is currently working on; in order to make people aware of waste that is destroying the environment. The university organized Kaset Fair underlying the concept “Kasetsart leading Thailand Innovation: Care for the environment “in 2019, the shops were asked for cooperation to use packaging that is environmentally friendly by publicize to people who joined the fair to bring their own bags and mug to reduce the use of plastic waste And there is a separation of garbage, with every garbage disposal points separated by waste bin and there are students to assist and give advice to facilitate the people who come to visit in the event and also have various activities to participate in the fun game to win the cloth or tote bag. As mentioned before, the library of Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus had received the G – Green Award from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and a plaque from “Global Warming Reduction Organization” regarding environmental conservation and Environmental friendly. The university considers that is a good opportunity to share knowledge and guidelines on how to operate the environment and distribute it to other agencies, apart from that Chomphu Pantip tree, which has been registered as a tree “Heritage Of the land “that will make people realize the importance of trees even more.
6.8 -13 Best practice : Kasetsart University sees the importance of learning, research, communication and promoting knowledge in various fields that emphasizes practically learning. The university promotes learning management with establishments / communities in the form of work integrated learning in order to develop the skills necessary in education and work, with various projects, activities, training, seminars, and workshops throughout the year on various topics. To disseminate knowledge to students, personnel, and the general public to participate, students are able to apply the knowledge gained to their careers. In addition, various projects have been organized which has been continuously collaborating with both public and private organizations. As in a link http://greencampus.ku.ac.th/homepage/eventnews/
6.8-14 Best practice : Kamphaengsaen Campus established two areas in which academic services are provided i.e. the communities surrounding the campus and the communities in Nakhon Pathom and other provinces in the western region. The Extension and Training Office, Kamphaengsaen Campus, is the main agency responsible for providing the academic services to the society by disseminating appropriate knowledge and technology to farmers and local people through various methods such as training, promotion, and creating learning materials to elevate the people’s quality of life. In addition, the learning center for conservation agro-tourism to achieve the sustainability of modern agriculture has been set up. The meetings discussing to create the plan for providing academic services to the society were done with the institutions of the campus under the project on the establishment of the learning center for conservation agro-tourism to achieve the sustainability of modern agriculture.
The project on the establishment of the learning center for conservation agro-tourism to achieve the sustainability of modern agriculture
Objectives: To provide the academic services to the society by disseminating appropriate knowledge and technology to farmers and local people through various methods such as training, promotion, and creating learning materials to elevate the people’s quality of life under the concept of academic service provision in a way of the encouragement of collaboration and co-working between the university and society.
Targets: The communities located nearby Kasetsart University, Kamphaengsaen Campus, within a radius of 30 kilometers.
Outputs: The communities are self-reliant, sustainable with the security of their livelihoods. The community members have public consciousness, perceive the community’s vision, and love and cherish their community.
The Kamphaengsaen Campus provided training, promotion and dissemination of knowledge regarding career development, community management and established the expert team as consultation for farmers or farmer’s groups to strengthen the agricultural production, processing, and marketing to meet a standard and to increase competitive capabilities. The examples of such activities are the followings:
– The Project on Transferring Knowledge on Organic Waste Management for Environmental- friendly Tourism
1. To provide knowledge on making ‘Khao Yam’, the Thai healthy food made from organic vegetables, for Thai livelihood tourism promotion.
2. To manage organic wastes supporting for environmental- friendly tourism.
3. To manage general wastes supporting for environmental- friendly tourism.
4. To arrange a workshop on the Banana Value Addition and Processing.
Targets: Agricultural communities, tourists, tourism operators, people, students, and staff of Kasetsart University, Kamphaengsaen Campus.
Outputs: The students had additional occupation and knowledge on waste management in touristic areas.
– The project on the establishment of the learning center for conservation agro-tourism to achieve the sustainability of modern agriculture
Objectives: To increase knowledge, professional skills, and income for the people who attended the project.
Targets: Interested people and others
Outputs: The people had additional incomes from the professional skills and knowledge they gained from training.
6.8-15 Best practice : Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus has a collaboration with the Committee of Research and Innovation Development. The campus focuses on the integrated approach allowing the institution of Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus to work together and to continuously provide academic services in accordance with the Academic Service Action Plan of the Fiscal Year 2019 and 2020. The interesting project is the Academic Service Project for Laem Chabang Hospital of the Fiscal Year 2019. The project required a great collaboration among the staffs from various fields of Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus in order to create solutions through interdisciplinary approach along with using the budget effectively with maximized benefits.
1. To survey and crate maps using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) for Laem Chabang Hospital.
2. To provide training on the management of health finance and cost for the patients and staff of the hospital.
Targets: The staff and patients of Laem Chabang Hospital
Outputs: As Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus has applied the knowledge and the survey technology to calculate geographical coordinates and slopes of the areas using satellite, it helps reduce the cost of the survey and further support the infrastructure development of Laem Chabang Hospital. The cost of hiring mapping experts and time consumption for mapping are also reduced. Besides, based on the consultation with the hospital administrators, it revealed that the hospital still requires the academic services provided by the university in many aspects which are the expertise of the university, such as waste management, water supply system, cost management etc.
6.8-16 Best practice : Kasetsart University Chalermphrakiat Sakon-Nakhon Campus has set nineteen target communities that every department of the campus are able to provide academic services to. The communities are located surround the campus and those are the communities under the Royal Development Projects. Most of which are located in Chiang Khru Subdistrict. Their occupation and livelihoods are still traditional and have not yet been developed. Associate Professor Dr. Viroj Impitak, (Vice-President of Kasetsart university Chalermphrakiat Sakon-Nakhon Campus) initiated the project “Dow Lom Duan (Stars circling the moon)” by applying the philosophy of sufficiency economy to the project implementation. A learning center for agricultural development was created to elevate agricultural development potentials in the community aiming to make these areas as a pilot model for agricultural development. Kasetsart University Chalermphrakiat Sakon-Nakhon Campus is considered as ‘Duan (moon)’, which is a center coordinating with other parties of government and private agencies including Chiang Khru Subdistrict Municipality, Umchan Subdistrict Administration Organization, Sakhon Nakhon Agricultural Cooperatives Co. Ltd., Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (Sakon Nakhon Branch), Irrigation Department, Department of Livestock, Department of Community Development, and Department of Land Development, which are considered as ‘Dow (stars)’. Various aspects were developed covering all stages of agricultural production and quality management and development (ranging from the production of rice seeds, Beef cattle livestock, animal feed development, organic fertilizer, reducing the use of chemicals, processing of agricultural products, promotion of agricultural product standards, technological development for communities, etc.)
– The Project on the Communities under the Royal Initiative ‘Pa Rak Nam Project’, Proceeded by Kasetsart University
1. To celebrate on the occasion of the 7th Cycle of Birth Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother in 2016.
2. To apply the principles of the Project “Pa Rak Nam (Forest Loves Water)” under the Royal initiative to be used in the areas of the Kasetsart University, Chaloem Phrakiat Campus restoring the degraded forest to healthy forest
3. To raise environmental and conservation awareness to the people in the area to love and cherish the forest resources and to promote the plantation of perennial trees being as a role model for other communities in Sakhon Nakhon Province
4. To disseminate the knowledge about forestry which is an expertise of Kasetsart University, to support the Pa Rak Nam project and other projects under the royal initiatives related to forest conservation and other aspects in Sakhon Nakhon Province.
Targets: Ban Tham Tio, Song Dao District; Ban Sai Thong, Song Dao District; Ban Pa Rak Nam, Sawang Daen Din District; Ban Kut Nakham, Charoen Sin District; and Ban Jar, Ban Muang District.
Outputs: Having a prototype of a small-scale plantation that is coexisted with the originally natural forest in harmony. The forest has been monitored in order to support the quality of life of the local people. Promoting the career on art and craft to remain as a part of the local livelihood.
– The Project on Lively Communities in Nam Kam River Basin, Proceeded by Kasetsart University
1. To provide training and develop the occupation and livelihoods of the people living in Nam Kam River Basin toward a better quality of life and sustainability.
2. Create job opportunities for the rice farmers in the off-season.
3. To visualize the lessons learned from the project regarding the coordination and integration among agencies of both government and private sectors in order to further develop the agricultural system with public participation.
Targets: The communities in Sakon Nakhon Province include Khok Si Suphan District, Phon Na Kaeo District, and Mueang District
Outputs: Kasetsart University Chalermphrakiat Sakon-Nakhon Campus is the main responsible agency to transfer knowledge and researches to the local farmers in Nam Kam River Basin and to develop their livelihoods.
6.8-17 Best practice : Project on “Development and Plantation Day of the Year 2019”
Objectives: To celebrate the auspicious occasion of the royal coronation ceremony of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebaya Varangkun and to enhance the harmony of the staff and to improve the environment and landscape of the university.
Targets: All faculties and institutions of Kasetsart University
Outputs: Increasing green areas by planting trees in various places and enhancing the harmony of the staff.
6.8-18 Best practice : Thai Rice Meeting
Objectives: This year, the Thai rice meeting emphasized brainstorming in order to find solutions for the problems which farmers are always experiencing with such as the recession (ineffective) research system, lack of Thai professional human resources for rice development etc. The Office of Academic Services brought some innovations created by Kasetsart University to show the meeting participants the clear illustration of how the development of such innovations can help add value to the rice in various ways. Those innovations of Kasetsart University were also exhibited in the meeting.
Targets: Thai Rice Foundation under Royal Patronage in collaboration with Kasetsart University and other six institutions namely Rice Department, Agricultural Research Development Agency (Public Organization) (ARDA), Thailand Research Fund (TRF), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, and Committee of Modern Agricultural Development under the Public-Private Steering Committee as well as the interested rice entrepreneurs etc.
Outputs: All agencies participated in the meeting exchanged their ideas and they understood the current situation of Thai rice as well as perceived the technologies applied for value-adding of Thai rice.
6.8-19 Best practice : Kaset Fair 2019 under the theme “Kasetsart Going Advanced, Creating Innovation, and Caring for the Environment”
Objectives: To disseminate academic works, research, academic services as well as to transfer the knowledge, technological advancement and innovation which can be applied to be beneficial for various agencies and the country.
Targets: Interested people attended the event and various mass media such as TV, Radio, and newspaper, who largely paid attention to join the event.
Outputs: Academic works of Kasetsart University were well promoted to the public and interested people obtained the knowledge which can be further applied, especially the innovations created with the purposes for environmental conservation.
6.8-20 Best practice : Thailand Innovation Hubs 4.0 (Agriculture & Food)
Objectives: To build an innovation-based economy according to the national policy on Thailand 4.0: Agriculture & Food Section, by exhibiting the universities’ innovations matched with entrepreneurs via translational research and startup. Those innovations were shown in the Thailand Innovation Hubs corresponding to the Thailand 4.0 Policy.
Targets: Entrepreneurs and interested researchers.
Outputs: The team surveyed and interviewed individuals and found that, based on the evaluation of 298 research projects, 122 startups were developed generating 478 agricultural products and transferring knowledge to 8,048 farmers through training. The net income of the entrepreneurs who joined the projects, increased as much as 15.95%. There are commercial benefits in terms of elevation of product quality and value- adding which increased to 62% and 78%, respectively. Additionally, the cost of production reduced by 9%. The evaluation of public benefits revealed that the elevation of product quality and environmental protection increased to 55 % and 26%, respectively. The knowledge incrementation rose to 55%.
6.8-21 Best practice : Academic Talk on “Animal Feed Innovation (High Protein Cassava Pulp): Alternatives and Survival of Thai Livestock”
Objectives: To disseminate knowledge, ideas and experiences as well as to create understandings on the application of animal feed innovation “High Protein Cassava Pulp” into practices. To also promote the knowledge created by Kasetsart University, which are beneficial to livestock farmers.
Targets: Farmers and livestock farmers
Outputs: Sharing ideas and experiences between farmers and entrepreneurs, knowing the current problems, and knowledge can be applied and beneficial for their business.
6.8-22 Best practice : Thailand Industrial Fair & Food Pack Asia 2019
Objectives: To promote the researches that are ready to be transferred, to meet the entrepreneurs who are interested in the use of innovation for commercial utilization, and to promote the services provided by relevant agencies.
Targets: Interested entrepreneurs and the people participated in the event
Outputs: Disseminating the research works of Kasetsart University to be publicly recognized and supporting business communication.
6.8-23 Best practice : Academic Talk on “What happens to the Thai agricultural sector if three chemicals are banned”
Objectives: To disseminate the knowledge and to present the correct information as well as to share ideas and experiences between the speakers and participants, then to summarize the key messages related to three hazardous chemicals used in agricultural sector i.e. Paraquat, Glyphosate, Chlorpyrifos and other hazardous chemicals for supporting the proper and effective uses and the health safety of Thai people.
Targets: Entrepreneurs, farmers, academicians, researchers, and interested people
Outputs: Acknowledging the health impacts on the users and consumers, restriction measures on the use of the three chemicals, the use of alternative organic chemicals, and overall impacts on the agricultural sector.
Remark : All activities in 6.8 refer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the global goals, especially relating to Goal 12 : Responsible Consumption and Production Ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.