How Green is Kasetsart University? The Green Space Planning for Enhancing Ecosystem Services

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Vudipong Davivongs
Ornaim Tangkitngamwong
Prapassara Naka Phanumphai

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The concept of Green University has become well-established among universities worldwide. Green University reflects the basic principle of the university on environment and sustainability. Kasetsart University (KU) is one of the universities that aim to best practice on the issues. The campus’s green space for enhancing ecosystem services was one of the targets to be studied as it directly implies the concept. Both physical and social data of the green space area were collected through ground and questionnaire surveys. The results of the physical analysis revealed a large proportion of open space in the university (75.68%). The green space based on UI Green Metric World University Ranking (UI GreenMetric) in KU can be categorized as the area covered by vegetation in the form of forest (284,840 sq.m.), planted vegetation (319,636 sq.m.), and water absorption area (245,509 sq.m.). These areas were covered with various kinds of vegetation, especially the large trees which support the concept of the green university. Stakeholders’ attitudes toward the green space ecosystem services were found mostly on regulating services and supporting services. Green space planning for enhancing all ecosystem services based on the results was the resolution.




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