Natural resources are the basis of livelihoods and economies of every nation in Asia. Given the rich cultural, social, political, and biophysical diversity across Asia, the professionals working in natural resources management need a strong working knowledge of interrelated sciences. NRM is designed to train the professionals in contemporary topics related to terrestrial and coastal resources, ranging from their stocktaking, sustainable use and governance to climate change mitigation and adaptation through interdisciplinary approaches. Through teaching, research and outreach activities, the NRM FoS seeks to develop professionals who can contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources, including terrestrial and coastal resources.
The complex nature of NRM issues requires a broad range of skills and techniques ranging from the social to the physical sciences. The NRM field of study therefore specializes in areas as diverse as community-based natural resources management, forestation and forestry, integrated land management, biodiversity conservation, climate mitigation/adaptation, and the valuation of ecosystem services. We provide education and research opportunities leading to Master and Ph.D. degrees in NRM.
NRM also provides training, outreach and capacity-building opportunities to a growing number of partners on many NRM related areas. In addition to providing training, we have assisted universities in Nepal, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Vietnam, Cambodia and other countries to develop their capacity to implement academic programs related to natural resources management.