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Use of GIS tools for environmental conflict resolution at Map Ta Phut industrial zone in Thailand

This paper presents an analysis of an environmental conflict that arose in a Thai industrial zone. The authors analyse state policies to resolve the conflict, and draw lessons for other industrializing nations adopting industrial zone models. The study revealed that a root cause of the conflict was violation of land-use planning regulations and expansion of the industrial zone into community areas. Through legal action, civil society successfully forced the state and industries to halt unplanned expansion. However, inadequate commitment by the state and industry stakeholders seems to perpetuate the conflict. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based analysis confirmed that the state policy interventions did not produce significant results. This paper highlights the need for GIS-based environmental quality monitoring to guide industrialization-based urban development towards sustainability.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Civil and political rights
  • Civil society
  • Land and housing rights and evictions
  • Legal aid
  • Special economic zones
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Thailand
Copyright Yes
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© 2014 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (

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License CC-BY-4.0

Ranjith Perera. Email:; Tel.: +968-2414-2505

Author (individual) Soytong, Phattraporn
Co-author (individual) Perera, Ranjith
Publication place Switzerland
Publication date 2014
General note

Sustainability,Volume 6,2435-2458

Date uploaded June 21, 2015, 14:04 (UTC)
Date modified March 14, 2018, 04:08 (UTC)