INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY AND BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES

 
Building A11, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet Road, Cau Giay, Hanoi
Director: Dr. Le Hung Anh

Vice Directors: Prof. Dr. Truong Xuan Lam
                         Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang Truong

Decision No. 65/CT of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers, dated on March 5, 1990.
Signed by: Vice Chairman Nguyen Khanh

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ADDRESS
Building A11, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet Road, Cau Giay, Hanoi
Phone: (+84 24) 38360169 
Fax: (+84 24) 38361196
Website: http://www.iebr.ac.vn
DIRECTORATE
Director: Dr. Le Hung Anh
Vice Directors: Prof. Dr. Truong Xuan Lam
  Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang Truong
SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL
- Chairman: Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang Truong
- Vice Chairman: Dr. Le Hung Anh, Prof. Dr. Tran The Bach
- Secretary: Dr. Do Van Hai
- Members: Dr. Nguyen Duc Anh, Dr. Nguyen The Cuong, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Ngoc Doanh, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Ha, Dr. Nguyen Quang Hung, Prof. Dr. Truong Xuan Lam, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Phuong Lien, Dr. Tran Duc Luong, Dr. Pham Thi Nhi, Dr. Trinh Quang Phap, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Sinh, Dr. Bui Van Thanh, Prof. Dr. Vu Dinh Thong.
FUNCTIONS AND TASKS

Functions: The Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources has the following functions: conducting basic research and technological development, providing scientific and technological services, and training services in the field of ecology, biodiversity, and biological resources.

Tasks:

1.    To investigate and conduct research on the structure and function of ecosystems, the fauna and flora in order to provide a scientific basis for the management of natural resources and the environment.
2.    To conduct research on conservation, sustainable utilization and development of ecosystem and biological resources, especially endangered, precious, and rare species as well as the species with special values on research, conservation, economic and culture.
3.    To evaluate, monitor and forecast the impact of environment and climate change on ecosystems and biodiversity; and to propose solutions to mitigate impacts and facilitate adaptation.
4.    To conduct research on biological agents that cause diseases in plants, animals, and zoonoses; and propose solutions to prevent and control diseases in plants and animals, and human health protection.
5.    To implement the tasks of the Vietnam CITES scientific authority; provide technical advice to authorities and organizations in the field of biodiversity, ecology, and biological resources.
6.    To collect, receive, store, and exchange specimens of plants and animals for the purpose of research, education, conservation, and applied development.
7.    To provide scientific and technological services in the field of ecology, biodiversity, biological resources, and other related fields.
8.    To compile scientific documents on the fauna and flora of Vietnam, National Red List, Red Data Book, and other monographs related to biodiversity, ecology, and biological resources.
9.    To provide training services in the field of ecology, biodiversity, biological resources, and related disciplines.
10.    To cooperate internationally in ecology, biodiversity, biological resources, and related disciplines.
11.    To implement organization and personnel management in compliance with Vietnamese laws and regulations of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.
12.    To implement financial and property management according to the provision of Vietnamese laws and regulations of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.
13.    To undertake additional missions assigned by the President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.

ORGANIZATIONS   HUMAN RESOURCES

Administrative and professional units:
1.    Department of Administration
2.    Me Linh Station for Biodiversity
Research departments:
3.    Department of Aquatic Ecology
4.    Department of Botany
5.    Department of Ethnobotany
6.    Department of Experimental Entomology
7.    Department of Insect Ecology
8.    Department of Insect Systematics
9.    Department of Molecular Systematics and Conservation Genetics
10.    Department of Nematology
11.    Department of Parasitology
12.    Department of Plant Ecology
13.    Department of Plant Resources
14.    Department of Remote Sensing Ecology
15.    Department of Soil Ecology
16.    Department of Vertebrate Zoology
17.    Department of Zoological Museum

 

Total: 102

- Professors: 5
- Associate professors: 6
- Doctors: 59
- Masters: 27
- Bachelors: 5
- Senior researchers: 13
- Principal researchers: 48
- Researchers: 29
- Others: 1

ACTIVITIES  

-    To conduct research on the fauna and flora;
-    To conduct research on the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems;
-    To conduct research on the potential use of wildlife and plant species, indigenous knowledge;
-    To conduct research on parasites and preventive measures;
-    To conduct environmental impact assessment related to biodiversity;
-    To undertake wildlife forensics;
-    To implement conservation programs for natural resources;
-    To provide technical advice for management authorities on the implementation of CITES and the Convention on Biological Diversity;
-    To provide training services for scientists on ecology and biological resources.

 ACHIEVEMENTS

The Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (IEBR) has conducted numerous projects at the national level. These include Program 562, the Central Highlands Program 2016-2020, the National Collection of Nature, the Environmental Protection Program, the Basic Exploration  Program; and 20 other projects annually funded by the National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED).
Yearly, IEBR conducts approximately 20 projects at ministerial or provincial levels, mostly funded by the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, and 35 other small projects.   
IEBR has conducted many experimental models of animal breeding and plant farming for conservation purposes or as a scientific basis for economic development at the Me Linh Station for Biodiversity and some other localities. The Me Linh Station for Biodiversity hosts environmental education activities and promotes the protection of wild animals and plants.
As a CITES scientific authority of Vietnam, IEBR staff processes wildlife forensics work.  
In terms of publication accumulation, researchers of IEBR publish approximately 120 papers per year, including 100 SCIE articles. These figures not only confirm the scientific reputation of IEBR but also contribute to promoting the special value of biological resources in Vietnam. These new scientific discoveries attract interest in cooperation and investment in research programs related to biodiversity and nature conservation in our country. Between 2016 and 2020, the researchers of IEBR discovered five new genera and more than 370 new species.
The research results on animals, plant resources, parasites and nematodes are the foundation of the development of probiotics in agricultural production and medicine, and disease prevention for humans, animals, and crops.

Figure 1: A plant species with special bioactive compounds, Pavetta indica L., registered for WIPO patents in 2023 (Photo: Do V. Hai).

Figure 2: Several new species were described in 2023: Strobilanthes spathulatibracteata (Photos: Do V. Hai), Gracixalus truongi (Photo: Nguyen H. Nam), and Aporcella coffeae (Photos: Nguyen T. Anh Duong).

Figure 3: Conservation breeding program for threatened species (Stump-tailed Macaque and Vietnam Leaf Turtle) and environmental education activities at the Me Linh Station for Biodiversity (Photos Dang H. Phuong, Pham T. K. Dzung).

 
 
 
 
 
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