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About IRD


To ensure sustainable natural resources management through enhancing research and capacity building in research to all stakeholders.


To Enhance capacity building on science both theory and practice in forestry sector for sustainable forest management.

Forest research strategy

The forest land cover in Cambodia had been classified into 5 main types, namely: evergreen forest, semi-evergreen forest, deciduous forest, other forest (includes regrowth forest, stunted forests, mangrove forests, inundated forests, forest plantations, bamboo, rubber and oil palm plantation) and non-forest land. The forest resources in Cambodia have been allocated into different uses, including: production forest, protection forest, and conservation forest. However, this resource had been reduced from 59.09% in 2010 to only 57.07% in 2010 (Forestry Administration 2010).

The depletion of the forest resources also need to be addressed through science and technology that will effectively address the rapid decline of the forest and the end to restore the condition of the forests. Large areas of forest that are currently left unmanaged/ unattended are at high risk of forest degradation and conversion to other land uses. The forestry sector currently faces challenges in terms of finding suitable systems to support the implementation of national visions, and will need to continuously pilot and develop new SFM schemes and scale up good practices.

In this regard, the Forest Research Strategic Plan 2014-2018 was formulated to address the issues on sustainable forest management (SFM). It aims to contribute to the achievement of National Forest Programme (NFP) objectives by addressing key SFM issues. To address these issues, the strategy document has identified seven major priority forest and wildlife research areas:

  1. growth and yield study
  2. forest restoration and rehabilitation
  3. forest plantation
  4. biodiversity conservation
  5. community forest
  6. climate change, and
  7. Forest product research.

These strategic forest and wildlife research themes have been described, including their indicative actions and associated outputs, in the Forest Research Strategic Plan 2014-2018.