Faculty Advisor

Kinicki, Robert

Faculty Advisor

Miller, Fabienne


Bangkok, Thailand


This project studied hill tribe forest management in Amphoe Galyani Vadhana (AGV), a district in Northern Thailand, in support of hill tribes’ rights to reside on and use conserved forest land. In collaboration with Raks Thai Foundation, the project team of four WPI and four Chulalongkorn University students conducted interviews and observations in Tambons Baan Chan and Chaem Luang, two sub-districts in AGV. Mainly through coding, interviews and creation of an entitlement map, the team concluded that hill tribe villagers rely on the conserved forest land for their livelihoods and manage the forest effectively through traditional practices and GIS maps. The team recommends using GIS mapping to support hill tribes’ rights to reside on and use conserved forest areas throughout Thailand.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department


Project Center

Bangkok, Thailand