Dr. Rodel D. Lasco has more than 35 years of experience in natural resources and environmental research, conservation, education and development at the national and international level. His work has focused on issues related to natural resources conservation, climate change and land degradation. Since 1999, he has served as lead author of the IPCC, the 2007 co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in the Philippines.
He is the Philippines Coordinator of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) since April 2004, a center devoted to promoting “tree on farms”. Concurrently, he is the Scientific Director of the OML Center, a private foundation whose mission is to promote research on climate adaptation and disasters risk reduction. He is an affiliate professor at the University of the Philippines at Los Banos.
He is a multi-awarded scientist with over 80 technical publications in national and international journals dealing with the various aspects of natural resources conservation and environmental management. He pioneered research in the Philippines on climate change adaptation in the natural resources sector, the role of tropical forests in climate change/global warming, and the policy implications of the Kyoto Protocol. He also spearheaded the Philippines sub-global component of the global Millennium Ecosystems Assessment which is designed to assess the role of ecosystems and their biodiversity in providing services for human well-being.