Ten years in Participating in the Development of Bueng Boraped- Mahidol University Nakhon Sawan Campus.


Nakhonsawan campus's primary goal is to foster reliance on the network for learning, and by supporting each other, a strong network for sustainability can be created.

Bueng Boraped is the largest wetland in Thailand. There is biodiversity of plants and animals. It has been registered as a wetland of international importance. In addition, the people around the area have settlements in the Bueng Boraped area who use it to grow rice aquaculture and for fishing, causing intensive utilization and overlapping until a disputes between the same occupation and different occupations. In this regard, the Nakhon Sawan Campus, an educational institution in the area, expects to be the wisdom of the land to solve problems and develop Bueng Boraped for the better so both people and the environment can co-exist sustainably.

Bueng Boraped's development over the past decade has been influenced by research and academic services.
Our approach involved three phases: learning, networking, and managing the network. Here are the specifics:

Phase 1: Learning Phase (2013-2014)
The first phase is to study and collect primary data on Bueng Boraphet. A review of 222 research titles on Bueng Boraped was ordered and put online to serve those searching for further studies. Later, Nakhon Sawan Campus participated in research on the sustainable use of Bueng Boraped wetlands with faculty members from the Faculty of Environment and Resource Sciences, Mahidol University. This allows them to learn academic skills and fieldwork from wetland experts, resulting in an understanding of the context of Bueng Boraped.


Phase 2: Networking Phase (2015-2019)
Nakhon Sawan Campus has actively engaged with local networks to identify problems and find solutions. They have exchanged information with the community through formal and informal channels, including academic conferences. These efforts have led to increased cooperation between stakeholders and drawn provincial agencies' attention. Campus officials have even met with the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives to discuss the issues and potential solutions. As a result, Mahidol University is now preparing a development plan for Bueng Boraped, which will be presented to the National Reform Council for further recommendations to the government. This work is an essential step towards cooperation and support for the National Water Resources Office's plan for Bueng Boraped.

Phase 3: Network Management Phase (2020-2022)
The Bueng Boraped network aims to solve problems by sharing information and conducting situation analyses. Nakhon Sawan serves as the network coordinator and provides academic information and empirical data, including using satellite images to assess flood situations and accessing water level data from academic databases. The network places significant importance on knowledge exchange, facilitated by organizing the Bueng Boraped academic conference, which Nakhon Sawan Province coordinates. The Nakhon Sawan Campus team is responsible for learning about and reviewing the development plan of Bueng Boraped, ensuring that the project aligns with the government's policies, including BCG and SDGs, and current conditions. The research is a collaborative effort between the government and the public, focusing on participatory water management. The project has received funding and is expected to drive Mahidol University's social policy, positioning the University as the wisdom of the land.



Bueng Boraped Non-hunting Area
Water Allocation Division 3, Nakhon Sawan (Department of Water Resources)
Nakhon Sawan Irrigation Project (Royal Irrigation Department)
Nakhon Sawan Provincial Fisheries (Department of Fisheries)
local government organizations 
Napon Anuttarunggoon, Pinnarak Puntumas, Tanagon Junhamakasit, Yuttichai Hothai, Chutipakan Prachan and Niwat ountapan.