Dresden/Beijing. – On 22 September 2015, UNU-FLORES and the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS- IGSNNR), signed a cooperation agreement that will expand the collaboration between the two institutes into new areas. There is much overlap between the research interests of CAS-IGSNNR and UNU-FLORES, which has already evolved into fruitful joint projects. Currently, the two Institutes are collaborating to on a joint book project on multifunctional land-use systems in the dryland area in China. This book as emerged from a finalized DFG-project lead by Dr. Kai Schwärzel, Head of Soil and Land-Use Management Unit at UNU-FLORES.
The new cooperation agreement was developed after UNU-FLORES Director Reza Ardakanian visited CAS-IGSNNR in the first half of 2015. The main aim of the agreement is to increase the direct scientific exchange between the two Institutes. To promote young scientists and the exchange of scientific and technical information, the two institutes have agreed to develop a staff exchange programme aligned with the international activities of the partners. They also strive to increase cooperation in knowledge transfer and activities. Finally, UNU-FLORES and CAS-IGSNNR have agreed to develop case-based research in a global context, jointly publish books and papers, and organizing academic meetings and conferences.