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Jul 26, 2017

... at ISSRM in Umea, Sweden (June 2017) and at IASC in Utrecht, NL (July 2017).

Sep 30, 2016

Issue 7 on Refuge and Asylum.

Dec 26, 2015

Issue 6 on Development cooperation.

May 2, 2015

The cp3 project has started on 1 May 2015.

May 2, 2015

Issue 5 on Parliamentary staff.

Cambiodiversity Team

Organisation for International Dialogue and Conflict Management (IDC)

Role and Tasks in the project

Dr. Angela Meyer has been the coordinator of the Cambiodiversity project. She was responsible for the good cooperation of the project partners, the administrative management and the regular and accurate reporting of the project's results. As the coordinator, she has supported the partners from RUA in the preparation and evaluation of interviews with farmers, scientists and policy-makers, monitored the conduction of intense review activities on the rice and biodiversity issue in Cambodia and assisted the organisation of a project meeting in Pnom Penh in September 2008. Together with the partners from BOKU and RUA, Dr. Meyer has guided the finalisation of the project's recommendations and majorly contributed to the dissemination of the final findings and results.

Through its participation in the EU FP7 projects Agrofolio and Diverseeds (Coordinator), the Organisation for International Dialogue and Conflict Management (IDC) has deepened its expertise on the issue of biodiversity and food security, and intensified its experience in the project cooperation with Asian Partner Institutions. Cambiodiversity is therefore a new reaffirmation of IDC's commitment towards promoting biological diversity and sustainable development. By renewing its cooperation with RUA and BOKU that both have also been partners in Agrofolio, IDC builds on an already established and well-balanced cooperation network.


The University of Natural Ressources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) - Institute of Agronomy and Plant Breeding

Role and Tasks in the project

DI Veronika Hager has been in charge of assisting and supporting the partners at RUA in implementing the major research activities. She has providing advise for the conduction of interviews with farmers, the review activities and the elaboration and finalisation of the project's recommendations. Together with Dr. Angela Meyer, DI Hager has moreover been involved in the management and organisation of the scheduled project's implementation, the regular reporting and the dissemination of the final results.

The University of Natural Ressources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) has been founded in 1872 and now comprises 13 departments and several experimental centres around Vienna. The BOKU sees itself as a teaching and research institution that focuses on renewable resources that are prerequisite for human existence. Its foremost aim is to contribute to ensuring a sustainable and environmentally sound management of natural resources by allying the competences of the natural, engineering, economic and social sciences. The Institute of Agronomy and Plant Breeding has set its main focus on the development of integrated plant production methodologies that decrease the risks for environmental degradation, guarantee high productivity and good quality for further food production. The Institute has growing interest in sustainable use of plant genetic resources and has thereby carried out several cooperation projects with Asian and African partners. By building on these project experience and notably its role as project partner in the Agrofolio project, BOKU will provide a valuable input in assisting and guiding the project's activities in Cambodia.


The Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia (RUA)

Role and Tasks in the project

Sophal Chuong has been the main responsible at RUA for the implementation of the project's activities. Under his supervision, a group of students and graduates has been conducting a series of interviews with farmers, scientists, decision-takers and other relevant stakeholders in order to illuminate the main reasons for the predominance of rice in the Cambodian agriculture and to assess the potential for and feasibility of sustainable diversification. These interviews have been complemented by intense literature review and research activities. Taking this as major basis, RUA has contributed to the elaboration of a set of recommendations for promoting biodiversity in Cambodia that has been reviewed, discussed and finalised together with the partners from IDC and BOKU. In a final step, RUA has played a key role in the dissemination of results as it has organised a public information event in its premises.

The Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) is a public administrative institution. Its threefold mission is:
- to offer quality education and training programs to students and staff in rural and agricultural fields;
- to conduct rural and agricultural research activities in close cooperation with local and international research institutes and industrial companies; and
- to present an information center for disseminating agricultural sciences and technology to farm communities.

Given the central role of the agricultural sector in Cambodia, covering 40% of the national GDP, RUA plays a very important role for the development of the country. The university provides training and offers BSc, MSc and PhD programs in eight faculties: Agronomy, Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Forestry, Agricultural Economic and Rural Development, Agricultural Technology and Management, Agro-industry, Fisheries, and Land Administration and Land Management. RUA has constantly intensified its cooperation with national and international partners and has already established good cooperation with the two Austrian partners within the Agrofolio project.



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