International Research Project in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR)
Lao PDR is one of the world’s least developed countries. It has extensive areas of natural forest in the best condition in South-East Asia and an expanding area of forest planted on degraded land. Forests and forest products are key contributors to achieving national development goals.
The School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences has a long-standing collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry at the National University of Laos in multi-partner research projects to increase value from plantation-grown wood products and support policies to improve the environmental, economic and social outcomes from plantations.
Since 2008, the University has trained 10 PhD and research Masters students in forest products, forest economics and forest management. This multi-million-dollar program is supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, part of Australia’s development assistance program. Each year, students from the Master of Forest and Ecosystem Science and other graduate programs undertake a field study program in Lao PDR and Vietnam to learn first-hand about forest management challenges in the Asia Pacific region.