HU Signed the Memorandum on Forest Preservation Joint Research with the Myanmar Forest Department

On March 12, 2014, Hiroshima University held the signing ceremony of the memorandum on joint research on the preservation of tropical forest and biodiversity conservation with the Forest Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry of Myanmar (MOECAF).

This research is part of a tropical forest preservation research in Southeast Asia led by the research group of Professor Toshinori Okuda from the Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences. The research group investigates about forest decline and degradation in Myanmar.

The research achievements of this project will play important roles for the creation of various international frameworks for REDD-plus (= Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries; and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) program or for the conservation of biodiversity in developing countries, both of which are actively propelled by our country to diminish greenhouse effect gas after 2020. Furthermore, it provides “guidelines” from a scientific perspective for the “consideration on the securement of the local population’s benefits and the conservation of biodiversity”, which is one of the most important tasks for carrying out working projects on restoration or degradation prevention of forests in tropical regions.

The signing ceremony was held at the Forest Department in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar, and HU Executive and Vice President Dr. Tetsuji Okamoto and Forest Department Director General Dr. Nyi Nyi Kyaw signed the memorandum.

We hope that the start of the joint research activities will help to promote academic exchange between HU and Myanmar.

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Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences,

Hiroshima University

Prof. Toshinori Okuda

TEL: 082-424-6513

The signing ceremony at the Myanmar Forest Department: Director General Nyi Nyi Kyaw (left) and Executive and Vice President Tetsuji Okamoto (right)