The MSEC CZO in a nutshell

Global awareness of climate change has resulted in enhanced awareness of the fragility of natural systems and in a new longer-term perspective for national and regional planning. In South-East Asia, land use change such as the saturation of plains and deltas induces more and more pressure on mountain areas. Global… Continue Reading


Christian VALENTIN Deputy Director Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences – Paris (iEES Paris) Fédération Île-de-France de Recherche sur l’Environnement (FIRE) 32 av. Henri Varagnat, 93143 Bondy cedex, FRANCE Tel./Fax +33 (0)1 48 02 55 34 christian.valentin|DONTWANTSPAM|   Olivier RIBOLZI Directeur de Recherche… Continue Reading

Research tools

Sites Description Land use changes Monitoring Laos 5 catchments from 0.6 ha to 60 ha (Houay Pano), 10 km² (Houay Xon) Research actions also on Nam Khan (6100 km²) watershed Shales and argilites with average slope of 30-46% Shortening of the fallow period, reducing food crop of upland rice to… Continue Reading

National and international networks

Network of research teams in 3 Asian countries and several French laboratories iESS Paris, Géosciences Environnement Toulouse, France Department of Agricultural Land Management (DALaM), Laos Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP WPC), Thailand Soil and Fertilisers Research Institute (SFRI), Vietnam Université Nationale du Laos, Faculté d’Agriculture de… Continue Reading

Historical background

In 1998, the International Board for Soil Research and Management (IBSRAM) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) formed the Management of Soil Erosion Consortium (MSEC) to assess the causes and the extent of soil erosion in South-East Asia. During this first phase (1998-2002), MSEC sought (i) to quantify erosion in… Continue Reading