Malaysia establishes its National Forest Conservation Centre
On December 3rd, 2017 Cirad has signed with University Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre Bhd (TRCRC) of Malaysia, together with Bioversity International, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) towards the establishment of the National Forest Conservation Centre.
The MoU is aimed at addressing the destruction of forests by implementing forest replanting projects; it would provide more opportunities for all parties to share experiences, ideas and research output dealing with tropical rainforest conservation.
The collaboration would become a platform for all parties to coordinate forest landscape restoration projects in Malaysia and the region, with an emphasis on community training, public awareness and research.
Through this MoU, all parties have agreed to the following cooperation, which is to secure related projects according to the field of expertise of each partner. Indeed, while UPM and TRCRC will seek funding from the Malaysian government and the private sector, Bioversity International and Cirad, meanwhile, will help scientists seek collaborative research with UPM and TRCRC.
The MoU would develop a concept and explore the possibility of centralizing the various stakeholders to achieve a more holistic and coordinated forest landscape restoration effort.
More scientists will be trained in the area of forest restoration which includes sylvicultural techniques, environmental economics, biodiversity carbon storage, soil health and other related disciplines.
The involvement of Cirad in R&D activities under the present MOU reflects the global engagement of Cirad in the aim of developing reforestation actions in tropical America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.