FoLAFI Forestry Higher Education Cooperation between Laos and Finland

Photo credit: Arttu Pienimäki, Lao delegation visit at the Hyytiälä forestry field station on 27th June, 2014


University of Helsinki

Contact details Dipjoy Chakma, dipjoy.chakma(at)
Markku Kanninen, markku.kanninen(at)
Budget€58 100
Duration 6/2014 - 12/2015
Field of science Forest Science
Funded since 2014


National University of Laos, Laos

Brief Description:

The overall objective of the FoLAFI project is to enhance capabilities of young forestry professionals in improved-management and sustainable use of Laos's forest resources.
This objective will be mainly achieved by:
1. Students and teachers exchange between FoF (NUoL) and VITRI (UH). The plan is to carry out 4 incoming and 2 outgoing student exchanges, and 4 incoming and 2 outgoing teacher exchanges.

2. Intensive course at FoF, NUoL and workshop to disseminate the result of intensive course. The topic of the course will be “Small holder teak management in South-East Asia”, where participants from NUoL, VITRI, Svannakhet University and other countries in the region (e.g. Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar) will participate. The result of the course will be disseminated in a public workshop in Laos, where different organization working on “small holder teak management” will present their results as well.

3. Promoting south-south cooperation. To widen the existing cooperation between national and regional HEIs in forestry and related fields, inter alia, by inviting representatives of those institutions to participate in the intensive course.

Funded activities

Number of Teacher Exchanges: 6
Number of Student Exchanges: 6
Number of Administrative Visits and Network Meetings: 2
Number of Intensive Courses: 1

Brief Description of Intensive Course(s):

Title: Small Holder Teak Management in South-East Asia
Themes: 1. Economics and Investment in Teak, 2. Silvicultural Management of Teak, 3. Teak and Rural Development
Location: Vientiane, Laos
Number of participants: 25 (maximum)
Teaching methods: The language of teaching will be in English and it will comprises of lectures/interactive sessions, Field work in Vientiane area and Nongkhai, Thailand; group report and feedback session.

Brief Decsription of Possible Dissemination Measures:

To disseminate the project activities we will arrange a workshop at Faculty of Forestry, National University of Laos in 2015. In addition, we update our project activities regularly in our VITRI website and VITRI Facebook page.