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2015 Natural Rubber. Production, transformation and impacts – Events hosted by KhonKaen University
“HOW CAN RUBBER ADAPT TO CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS"
HRPP/KDRN-KKU meeting, 7-9 October 2015
LMI-LUSES/KDRN-KKU meeting, 19-20 October 2015
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Seminar on Natural Rubber "From sustainability to sustainagility”,
21 October 2015.
KhonKaen University

Background
Rubber tree (Heveabrasiliensis) is grown for the production of natural rubber, a strategic commodity on the global market. Worldwide, plantations are coveringmore than 12 million hectares nowadays, 92.5% in Asia and 7.5% in Africa and South-America. The main cultivation region is South East Asia (SEA) where plantationsare now spread to all countries and also to China. Thailand is the first world producerwith 3.5 million hectares (or 22 million rais) which produced 4.3 million tons in 2015 (Rubber Research Institute of Thailand, 2015).
The extension of rubber tree plantation plays a big role inland use changes. A fast expansion of commercial rubber tree plantations is observed in Thailand and SEA countries such as Lao-PDR and Cambodia. This is due to the increasing demand for natural rubberin the international market. Despite the evidence of the economic importance of rubber tree plantations, their social and environmentalimpacts are still poorly documented. Exchangesof scientific information among researchersare to be promoted. This is the aim of the present events.

  • The HRPP seminar focused on the natural rubber commodity channel ‘from the rubber seed to the rubber bale’ on 7-9 October 2015
  • The LMI LUSES meeting focused on the environmental impact on soil ecosystem services of agriculture on 19-20 Oct 2015 
  • The Seminar on Natural Rubber "From sustainability to sustainagility?” 21 October 2015. This event is also linked to the LMI-LUSES seminar on 19-20 October 2015 dealing with land use changes, soils and ecosystemservicesin SEA.
  • The first annual meeting of the IRD-KKU young research team “ECO-RUBBER” devoted to the agro-ecological impact of rubber tree planation in the NE of Thailand on 22 of October

The HRPP annual meeting
The “Hevea Research Platform in Partnership” (HRPP) is an international group working on natural rubber research and higher education. The HRPP was created in 2008 and consists of 15 French and Thai research centers, universities and development agencies. Khon Kaen University is a member of HRPP and also supports a specific research group, namely “Knowledge Development for Rubber Tree in Northeast (KDRN-KKU)” since 2012.
The aims of the HRPP annual meeting are

  • To encourage strong cooperation of all organizations working on the natural rubber production and processing and their social and environmental impact
  • To share scientific information and knowledge for a wider impact of society-oriented science
  • To address some problems of the rubber tree production and plantation impacts by discussion
  • To promote interactions and information exchange among researchers and graduate students who will present their work
  • To assess and update the activities of the platform.

The HRPP/KDRN-KKU meeting program is givenHERE.

 

The LMI annual meeting (www.luses.ird.fr)
LUSES what is that?
Entitled LUSES for « Dynamic of Land Use changes and Soil Ecosystem Services », the international joint laboratory is an initiative of the “Institut de Recherche pour le Développement” (IRD – Research Institute for Development). The LMI LUSES focuses on the environmental impact of agriculture on soil in context of agrarian transition in south East Asia and allows the creation of regional scale projects on this issue. For that purpose, LUSES gathers 2 French and 7 Asian institutions from Laos, Thailand and Vietnam including Khon Kaen University. Within this university, IRD contributes to the creation of a Young Research team entitle “ECO-RUBBER” dedicated to the study of the environmental impact of rubber planation in the specific context of NE Thailand.

Objectives and program of the annual LUSES meeting (19-20 October)
Luses organized each year an annual meeting, this year it will be organized on the faculty of agriculture of Khon Kaen. This meeting will be an opportunity for LUSES partners from Thailand, France, Laos and Vietnam to reinforce the partnership and the relationships between the several institutions. The objective will be to gather and to establish an update of the several projects lead by LUSES’ teams, to make statements one year after the last annual meeting that took place in Laos in 2014. Since the LMI LUSES project (phase 1) will end in 2016, this meeting will also be an opportunity to elaborate the main guidelines of the next LUSES project (phase 2).
The program of the LMI meeting is givenHERE.

The first day (19 Oct) will be devoted to the project reports ((Tree plantation, Organic matter management and Ecofilter), the second day (20Oct.) will be devoted to the discussion around the second phase of Luses and the meeting will end with the executive committee.

The Seminar ‘Natural Rubber, from sustainability to sustainagility’.
The high global demand and high prices of NR during the 2000-2010 decade has led to a very fast expansion of rubber plantations in SEA. Beside the huge environmental and social impacts that can be linked to such expansion, the volatility of the prices on the international market questions such developments. Moreover, the plantations are now submitted to climatic changes linked to global changes which increase the risk for the farmers.
In such context, a proactive approach is required, not only for the whole commodity channel to resist but to develop enough flexibility to really adapt to such changes. This is to become not only sustainable, but ‘sustainagile’.
The objectives of the workshop organized together by KDRN-KKU, LMI-LUSES and HRPP are to address this issue with a special focus on land use management and soil ecosystem services.
The scientific programs will include invited speakers, together with oral and poster presentations. All key researchers will have opportunities to share their experiences with each other throughout the presentations. Additionally, all presentations will be published the book of abstract, and the admitted manuscripts will published in the Khon Kaen Agriculture Journal (supplement) which is an open access - online journal.

Participant target
The researchers who work on the rubber tree and land use changes mainly coming from France, European countries, Asian countries and Thailand. The total of participants would be about 120-150 persons.