NUOL, IUCN Lao further cooperation efforts
26 August 2009 | Event
The National University of Laos (NUOL) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) signed an agreement in Vientiane yesterday to develop a new programme for undertaking research on environmental and developmental resources.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two is focused on developing a new programme for conducting, and raising funds for, research projects. A committee will be established to improve cooperation between university faculties and departments in undertaking environmental research and also between NUOL and external organisations.
The MOU was signed by Vice President of NUOL, Assoc Prof Lammai Phiphakkhavong and IUCN Country Representative, Ms Latsamay Sylavong. Considering current impacts on natural resources in the country, there is an increased need for research contributions in environmental protection, said Mr Lammai. “As the leading academic institution in
According to the Lao Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), adaptation to climate change is an example of an emerging issue important to the sustainable management of natural resources. IUCN had previously signed a MOU with the Faculty of Forestry and the Centre for Environment and Development (CEDS) at NUOL, and cooperation has been ongoing for a number of years. Supported by the faculty and CEDS, IUCN started discussions with NUOL to further the cooperation efforts. During the discussions leading up to yesterday’s signing, several needs were identified. Among these needs was the necessity for
This is particularly relevant in a time with increasing pressure on natural resources in