Delegates from the European Forest Institute (EFI) visited Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) on 8 April to discuss the possibility of developing research collaborations with FRIM.
The delegation, led by EFI Director Marc Palahi, was greeted by FRIM Deputy Director General (Operations) Dr Rahim Sudin, who chaired the discussion session at Hopea Meeting Room.
At the discussion session, FRIM Research Planning Division Director Dato’ Dr Marzalina Mansor gave a presentation on FRIM’s research and development (R&D) activities while Palahi also explained EFI’s roles in the research and policy support they provide on the forestry related issues.
Also present were Head of the European Union (EU) Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Facility in Barcelona, Jussi Viitanen; Head of FLEGT Asia Regional Office in Kuala Lumpur, Vincent van den Berk; FLEGT Asia Regional Associate in Kuala Lumpur, Aimi Lee Abdullah; FRIM Forestry and Environment Division Director Dr Samsudin Musa; FRIM Natural Forest Programme Head Dr Ismail Parlan and FRIM Public Relation Officer Maria Arlene.
The delegates visited SPF Pasoh the following day. They were also joined by several other officers including Head of Regional Coordination Asia, Dr Alex Hinrichs; Team Leader of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in Barcelona, Valerie Merckx; and REDD Expert in Kuala Lumpur, Andrew Haywood.
The aim of the visit was to learn more about the Malaysian tropical forest biodiversity and FRIM’s R&D on forest conservation.
SPF Pasoh research officer Musalmah Nasardin briefed the delegation on the functions and research activities at the station. SPF Pasoh Manager Ahmad Awang guided the group for nature walk and visit to the three-aluminium alloy tower and canopy walkway system.
Source: Forest Research Institute Malaysia