Desk Review

  • Suwattana Thadaniti
  • Kanokphan U-Sha
  • Bart Lambregts
  • Jaturapat Bhiromkaew
  • Saowanee Wijitkosum
  • Vollop  Prombang
  • Suchaow Toommakorn
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environment, Security, Development and Peace book series (BRIEFSSECUR, volume 16)


The assessment of the environmental impact of refugee and displaced persons’ settlements is examined, including the use of environmental impact assessments. Examples from settlements around the world are compared and contrasted, looking at different types of settlement, including informal and state-imposed. Both positive and negative environmental impacts are discussed, and example given of where the presence of incoming populations has actually improved certain environmental factors. The focus then turns to studies of the settlements on the Myanmar–Thai border, assessing what environmental impact there has been, who caused it and how and what effects there have been on local populations.


Burmese refugees Environmental impact assessment Refugee settlements Forest management Local communities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suwattana Thadaniti
    • 1
  • Kanokphan U-Sha
    • 2
  • Bart Lambregts
    • 3
  • Jaturapat Bhiromkaew
    • 4
  • Saowanee Wijitkosum
    • 5
  • Vollop  Prombang
    • 6
  • Suchaow Toommakorn
    • 7
  1. 1.Social Research InstituteChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Institute of Asian StudiesChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand
  3. 3.Division of Urban and Environmental Planning, Faculty of ArchitectureKasetsart UniversityBangkokThailand
  4. 4.Royal Thai PoliceBangkokThailand
  5. 5.Environmental Research InstituteChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand
  6. 6.Royal Thai survey departmentBangkokThailand
  7. 7.Pisut Technology Consultant CompanyBangkokThailand

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