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           Walai Rukhavej Botanical Research Institute (WRBRI) is an excellent center in holistic and interdisciplinary research on biodiversity and local knowledge documentation.


           We focus on both basic and applied research in science and technology in integration with local knowledge. Research aim for conservation, management and sustainable uses of biological resources as well as improving the livelihoods of rural communities in the Mekong Sub-region. In order to achieve this statement, we:

1. Conduct basic and applied research on biodiversity and local knowledge for creating body of knowledge to support community-based resources management

2. Make use of advance technologies, such as RS/GIS and information management system in planning and decision-making for sustainable development at the local level

3. Build up and strengthen network and collaboration among state and non-state agencies working on biodiversity conservation and local knowledge documentation in the Mekong Sub-region.

4. Apply bio-technology for conservation and sustainable uses of rare species or very valuable species for local communities


1. To conduct research in environmental science and social science concerned with local plants, animals and ecology of the region for the sustainable development based on local knowledge and value systems;

2. To serve as a research and learning center for students, instructors, and ones who are interested in conducting local research; and

3. To transfer technology and information to students and the general public.


1. To provide the institute staff with opportunities in research through capacity building, encouraging them to become professional researchers on biodiversity

2. To place emphasis on research that relate to the conservation and sustainable uses of biological resources on the basis of local knowledge

3. To develop bio-resource database on genetic, species, and ecosystem diversity for strengthening research management and becoming an academic excellence on research and information management system on biodiversity.

4. To adopt both basic and applied research in science and technology by integrating local knowledge

5. To emphasize integration and holistic research through area-based approach for sustainable management

6. To focus on the research areas in freshwater and riparian ecosystems (e.g., Dry Dipterocarp forests) in relation to local livelihoods

7. To use Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) in organizing spatial data and information, analyzing data and predicting changes and generating scenarios

8. To develop participatory research tools and approaches for biological resources conservation and management