Prof. Rajendra Prasad Shrestha
Position: Professor
Dean, School of Environment, Resources & Development
Country of Origin: Nepal
Email: rajendra@ait.ac.th

Ext: 5602

Academic Affiliation

Natural Resources Management
School of Environment, Resources and Development

Areas of Expertise (Keywords)

Land use/cover and change
Land degradation and conservation
Land evaluation and management
Food security
GIS/RS applications in NRM


Ph.D. (Natural Resources Management), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
M. Sc. (Natural Resources Planning and Management), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
B. Sc. (Hons.) Ag., Haryana Agril. University, India.

Professional Experience

Present Research Involvements

Sponsored projects

  1. Technology needs assessment in Asia for climate change mitigation and adaptation, As Co-PI

  2. Climate technology center and networking, As Co-PI

  3. Sustainable land management for managing soil and land resources

  4. Technology needs assessment in Asia and Europe for climate change mitigation, As Co-PI

  5. Climate change and adaptation to water scarcity: strategies for integrated water and land use management to enhance the resilience of rural communities in the Gangatic basin. - As Co-PI.

  6. Making the Mekong Connected (MMC): Developing carbon and biodiversity assets for multifunctional landscapes in the Upper Mekong.  - As PI

  7. AIT support to National University of Laos (NUOL), 2007-2010 Extension - Forestry Curriculum, - As PI [Completed]

  8. Development of regional TCP project on mitigating climate change through implementation of improved agricultural practices in south Asia, - As PI [Completed]

  9. MSU Study Abroad Program.- As PI [Completed]

  10. Downscaling global climate data for assessing the impact of climate change on Dipterocarp species in Peninsular Thailand. - As, Co-PI [Completed]

  11. Roles of natural and restored forests in carbon sequestration and climate change. – As Co-PI [Completed]

  12. Modeling interactions between human activities and biophysical processes in coastal ecosystem using remote sensing and GIS. – As Co-PI [Completed]

  13. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) capacity development. – As PI [Completed]

  14. Assessment and inventorying Atmospheric Brown Cloud emission. – As Co-PI [Completed]

  15. National Capacity and Training Needs Assessments for Different Stakeholder Groups in order to Identify Gaps, Needs, Strengths and Opportunities for Building Capacity in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICM) - – As Co-PI [Completed]

  16. Sustainable land management knowledge hub. – As PI [Completed]

  17. Land degradation in Afghanistan. – As PI [Completed]

  18. Sustainable land management and national capacity self-assessment workshop, – As PI [Completed]

  19. Training course on ‘GIS Applications in Biodiversity Management’ from BISEP-ST, Nepal, – As PI [Completed]

  20. Investigation of spectral properties of salt-affected soils. – As PI [Completed]

Research Interests

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Doctoral Research Supervision

Completed (Program Committee Chair of following Doctoral graduates)



  1. Ms. Nalina Gnanavelrajh (2007): Modeling sustainable land use options for enhancing carbon sequestration, crop diversity and productivity: A case of Khlong Yai watershed, Easter Region of Thailand 
  2. Ms. Anisara Penshuk (2009): Consequences of land use change on land quality, water resource and food security in Songkhla Lake Basin, Thailand
  3. Ms. Nareeluck Wannasai (2010): Determinants of land use change in Prasae watershed, Thailand
  4. Mr. Akom Sowana (2010): Influence of Coastal Land Use, Fisheries and Socioeconomics on Natural Resources Degradation in Pattani Bay, Thailand 
  5. Mr. Somnuck Pongsai (2010): GIS-based decision support system for soil conservation and management: a case study of Huai Nam micro-watershed, Nan province, Thailand  - Co-chair with Dr D. Schmidt-Vogt
  6. Mr. Thirapong Santiphop (2011): Biophysical and social dimensions affecting land use and reforestation in Kanachanaburi, Thailand
  7. Mr. Qasim Said (2011): Driving forces and conservation strategies of land degradation in Pakistan: A case of Pishin Sub-basin, Balochistan
  8. Mr. E.P.N. Udayakumara (2011): Land degradation and rural livelihood in Samnalawewa catchment, Sri Lanka 
  9. Mr. Partoyo (2012): Land use options and strategies for food availability and land conservation in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  10. Mr. Muhammad Arshad (2012): Evaluation of Sweet Sorghum-legume intercropping for food and bioethanol production under selected agronomic practices -Co-chair with Dr S.L. Ranamukhrachchi
  11. Mr. Muhammad Ejaz U.I. Dar (2012): Livelihoods and impacts on the vegetation of Machira National Park, Ajad Jammu Kashmir, Pakistan - Co-chair with Dr R. Cochard
  12. Paul Jonas Ligonja (2013): Assessment of environmental and socioeconomic benefits of soil conservation in semi-arid regions of Tanzania: the case of Kondoa Eroded Area
  13. Onanong Cheablam (2014): Impact of climate change on tourism in Mu Ko Surin national park, Thailand
  14. Man Purotananon (2014): Water policy processess: the study on negotiation process of multistakeholders in Prachinburi, Thailand.
  15. Mr Ngo Thanh Son (2015): Effect of land use change on runoff and sediment yield using remote sensing and SWAT model in northwest Vietnam

  16. Ms Wirongrong Duangjai: Institutional factors affecting land use-decision making and livelihoods: a case study of Doi Mea Salong, Chiang Rai province, Northern Thailand

As PhD External examiner 

  1. Rice crop monitoring using new generation synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery [Dr Nguyen Lam Dao, University of Southern Queensland, Australia]
  2. Agricultural intensification in a mid-hill watershed of Nepal: Socioeconomic and environmental implications [Dr Bedmani Dahal, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway]
  3. Landslide vulnerability assessment and zonation through Geoinformatics [Mr Laxmi Prasad Sharma, Birla Institute of Technology, Inda]
  4. Climate change and variability trends in Pakistan and its environmental effects [Ms Salma, University of Peshawar, Pakistan]
  5. Refinement of Predictions of Forest Structure and Biomass Using Remote Sensing Techniques in a Topographically Complex Landscape [Mr Sisira Ediriweera Patabendige, Southern Cross University, Australia]
  6. Analysis of land use/cover dynamics  with climate and socioeconomic parameters using an empirical modeling in rainfed agriculture area of upper Kodgnar basin, Tamil Nadu  [Ms. R. Manon Mani, Anna University, India]
  7. Carbon Stocks under Various Land Management Regimes: Implications for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Nepal [Mr Him Lal Shrestha, Kathmandu University, Nepal]

    Courses taught [Post graduate level]

    • Land use, climate change and adaptation
    • Land resources management
    • Natural resources degradation and conservation
    • Geospatial techniques for NRM
    • Research design and methods
    • Land evaluation and resource management
    • Land degradation monitoring and management
    • Spatial information systems in NRM
    • Natural resources mapping techniques
    • Spatial analysis for INRM
    • Principles of NRM
    • NRM Issues in Asia
    • Climate, energy and food security
    • Integrated watersehd development and management workshop
    • Environmental studies [for undergraduate]