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Asian elephants


Analyzing Asian elephant faeces to better identify and monitor their population in Laos

The ELEPOP project aims to study and monitor Asian elephant populations in the Nakai Plateau, Lao PDR. In recent months, several field missions have been conducted to identify the distribution and number of pachyderms currently present in the Nakaï-Nam Theun National Park via their dung.

Visuel CP FRB


A new method to assess ecosystem vulnerability and protect biodiversity

As states committed to creating protected areas on at least 30% of their land and sea territories by 2030, an international team of researchers has developed a new tool to quantify the vulnerability of species communities. Combined with future ecosystem risk assessment studies, this tool should help...

Angelique Lazarus observant un nid de Républicains sociaux (Social Weavers)


[Vidéo] #SciChat 4 - Meet Angelique Lazarus

#SciChat is a mini interview-series on the African counterparts of our IRD, CNRS or Cirad French scientists leading research in the region (Southern Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean). For this fourth video and on the occasion of International Women's Day (March 8), we chatted with Angelique...

Rio Santiago, a free-flowing river in the Andean Amazon, with large hydroelectric dams planned.


Amazon basin: using artificial intelligence to optimise international planning of hydroelectric dams

New methods of digital optimisation to improve international management of hydroelectric dams in the Amazon basin have been proposed in an international study, coordinated by Cornell University (United States) with involvement from IRD researchers as well as their South American partners. These...

Women cultivating sweet potatoes (recession crop) near Podor (Senegal)


Sweetpotato biodiversity can help increase climate-resilience of small-scale farming

Sweetpotato biodiversity can help increase climate-resilience of small-scale farming, according to the findings of a study undertaken by researchers from the French public research institution IRD, CIRAD, and the CGIAR center, the International Potato Center (CIP). The findings of this global...

Colobathristide bug (ordered Heteroptera), Pilchicocha (Ecuador).


Solving global challenges using insect research

IRD researchers and their partners have published a special issue in the Current Opinion in Insect Science journal. Using an interdisciplinary approach and based on examples from international research, they explain how insects can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)...

Sociable weaver


Researchers build first AI tool capable of identifying individual birds

New research demonstrates for the first time that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to train computers to recognise individual birds, a task humans are unable to do. The research is published in the British Ecological Society journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Morphologie ultrastructurale du coronavirus.


A COVID-19 interdisciplinary and partnership-based scientific committee at IRD

IRD has created a COVID-19 interdisciplinary and partnership-based scientific committee. Composed of 8 members, who are researchers from the Institute and partners from the South, it is led by the Director of the "Societies and Globalization" Department and the Director of the "Health and Societies"...

Lion in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

[Project] TestCor - Testing the control of predation risk hypothesis

International Programme for Scientific Cooperation (PICS) January 2019 – December 2021 South Africa

Wild Namibian chacma baboon.

[Project] Tsaobis Baboon – Behaviour, health and genetics of wild baboons

2000 - 2022 Namibia

Water point in the Hwange national park, Zimbabwe.

[Project] LANDTHIRST - The landscapes of thirst: behavioural adjustments to face water scarcity in a changing climate

September 2016 - September 2020 South Africa, Zimbabwe

Exposition Insectes

Insects to the planet’s rescue

Fascinating, insignificant, repulsive, awesome – whatever your view on them, insects are everywhere and essential! Some 400 million years of evolution have resulted in an incredible diversity of insects and they can be found in every corner of the world, even at the poles and in the oceans.

Ours à lunettes

Oases in the Andes Mountains Tops

The Tropical Andes Highlands extend from Ecuador to Bolivia at an altitude of 4.000 metres. They are home to wetlands where Man and nature have been interacting for centuries. These genuine oases for biodiversity are home to populations that breed llamas and alpacas. These valuable ecosystems also...

Sociable Weavers colony

[Project] The Sociable Weaver Project - Cooperation and population dynamics in the Sociable Weaver

South Africa

La Grande Muraille Verte : comment stopper le désert ?

IRN RESET-GGW: Research, scientific expertise, and knowledge for the sustainable management of lands and territories of the Great Green Wall

The Great Green Wall (GGW), established in 2007 by 11 countries in the Sahara and Sahel (from Dakar to Djibouti), is a pioneering initiative aimed at sustainably reversing land degradation processes and improving living conditions while preserving the production of the agrosystems in this area. The...