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Biodiversity Workshops in China

Introduction

A series of training workshops on biodiversity conservation and education for China botanic gardens are planned for the next 4 years.

The aim of the workshops is to train staff in conservation techniques, information technology, botanic garden management and environmental education methodologies and interpretation.

Previous Workshops

The Sixth China Botanic Garden Training Workshop

Workshop Theme: Biodiversity Conservation for Botanic Gardens in China

Date: 14-17 November 2005
Location: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong

Opening ceremony guests/VIP's:
Andy Brown - Executive Director, KFBG
Anle Tieu - China Program Officer, BGCI
Chen Rui-Sheng - General Secretary, China Wild Plant Conservation Association
Maria Tam - Chairperson, Green Fun Committee
Kathy Wong -Senior Community Affairs Manager, Group Public Affairs, Department, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
William Chiu - Community Affairs Manager, Group Public Affairs, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Speakers:
Barry Conn - Manager Plant Diversity Section, Botanic Gardens Trust, Australia
Kingsley Dixon - Director of Science, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Australia
Peter Olin - Professor and Director, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, University of Minnesota, United States
Sara Oldfield - Secretary General, BGCI
Anle Tieu - China Programme Officer, BGCI
Huang Hong-wen - Director, Wuhan Botanical Garden, CAS
He Shan-an - Professor, Nanjing Botanic Garden. Mem. Sun Yat-Sen
Zhang Zuo-shuang - Beijing Botanical Garden
Li Yong - Director, Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanical Garden
Yu Yong-Fu - Chief, China Wild Plant Conservation Association
Fu De-zhi - Professor, Institute of Botany, CAS
Yan Shou-hua - Director Assistant of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden
Zhang Li - Associate Professor, South China Botanical Garden, CAS
Pan Bo-rong - Chief, Botanic Society of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region; Researcher, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, CAS
Paul But - Department of Biology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Richard Corlett - Professor, Department of Ecology and Biodiversity, Hong Kong University
Joseph Yip - Conservation Officer, Hong Kong Herbarium, Agriculture, Fishery and Conservation Department
Chiu Yuen Ying - Manager of Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Connie Fung - Registered Horticultural Therapist
Lawrence Chau - Senior Manager, Flora Conservation Department, KFBG
Idy Wong - Sustainable Living Focal Area Coordinator, China Programme, KFBG
Mike Kilburn - Public Policy Analyst, KFBG
Gloria Siu - Senior Conservation Officer, Flora Conservation Department, KFBG
Ken So - Senior Conservation Officer, Flora Conservation Department, KFBG

The Fifth China Botanic Garden Training Workshop

cycad fruitWorkshop Theme: Plant Conservation: from Theory to Practice

Date: 15-18 November 2004
Location: Fairy Lakes Botanical Garden, Shenzhen

Speakers:
Kay Havens - Chicago Botanical Garden
Steve Meredith - Adelaide Botanic Garden
Kingsley Dixon - Kings Park Botanic Garden
Fuh-Jiunn Pan - Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (Taipei Botanic Garden)
Lawrence K. C. Chau - Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden Corporation
Yu Yong-Fu - China Wild Plant Conservation Association
Fu De-Zhi - South China Institute of Botany of China Academy of Science
Xiang Xiu-Fa - Sanxia Botanic Garden of Rare and Endangered Plants
Xing Fu-Wu - South China Institute of Botany of China Academy of Science
He Shan-an - Nanjing Botanic Garden. Mem. Sun Yat-Sen
Huang Hong-Wen - Wuhan Botanic Garden of China Academy of Science
Hui Lam Hing - Hong Kong Zhonggang Biotechnology Centre
Dr Genlin Jiao - Shenzhen Fairy Lakes Botanical Garden

The Fourth China Botanic Garden Training Workshop

Workshop Theme: Conservation of Medicinal Plants and the Role of Botanic Gardens
The workshop concluded with stronger network for medicinal plant conservation experts as it was the first time some leading experts in conservation of medicinal plants had met to discuss the pressing issue of Chinese medicinal plant conservation. Further meetings on Chinese medicinal plant conservation were announced and communications between experts were strengthened as a result of this meeting.

Date: 23-25 March 2004
Location: Xishuangbanna Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Speakers:
Ai Tiemin - Professor, Director of Medical Botany Commission, Chinese Botanical Association
Bai Longhua - Guangxi branch, Institute of medicinal plants, Chinese academy of Medicinal Sciences Guangxi
Feng Yulong - Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Huai Huyin - Associate Professor, College of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Yangzhou University
Christine Leon - Head, Chinese Medicinal Plants Authentication and Conservation Centre, Royal Botanic Garden, Kew
Pei Shengji - Professor, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Qing Luping - Professor, Medicine School, The Second Military Medical University
Song Qishi - Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Wang Youwei - Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Yang Qing - Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Zhuang Bengang - Professor, Institute of Medicinal Plant Development

Meeting to Review the National Conservation Agenda of Botanic Gardens in China

fig tree at the Xishuangbanna Botanical Garden

Meeting Theme: To review the current activities and future priorities of botanic gardens in China with a view to proposing a National Conservation Agenda for the botanic gardens of China, or a national framework for achieving effective conservation action.

Date: 26-27 March 2004
Location: Xishuangbanna Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Speakers:
Liu Hongmao - Director/Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Kang Le - Director, Bureau of Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Ma Keping - Professor, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences Peter Wyse Jackson - Secretary General, BGCI
Han Xingguo - Director/Professor, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

The Third China Botanic Garden Training Workshop

Workshop Theme: Education and Interpretation at Botanic Gardens

Date: 27-31 October 2003
Location: Shanghai Botanical Garden

Opening ceremony guests/VIP's:
Ms Cui Liping - Deputy Director of Shanghai Gardening Administration Bureau
Ms Betty Miao - Senior Vice-president of HSBC Area Office China
Mark Richardson - Director of Middle East and Asia Programme, BGCI
Kathy Wong - Secretary-general of the Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Charity Fund

Speakers:
Bian Tan- South East Asia Programme co-ordinator, BGCI
Ms Lucy Sutherland - Senior Conservation and Education Project Officer, BGCI
Mark Richardson
Idy Wong - Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong
Li Mei - Nanjing Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science
Debby Cheung - National Managing Director of Ogilvie & Marther, Shanghai
Jiang Houquan - Assistant to the Director, Chief Planner, Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences Center of Garden

The Second China Botanic Garden Training Workshop

Workshop Themes:
• Current ex-situ and in-situ conservation techniques
• Database training and information management

Date: 20-25 October 2003
Location: Wuhan Botanical Garden
Wuhan Botanical Garden Opening ceremony guests/VIP's:
Yuan Shanla - Deputy Mayor of Wuhan City
Kang Le - Director of Bureau of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Peter W M Lo - HSBC, Wuhan Branch Manager
Peter Wyse Jackson - Secretary General, BGCI
Mark Richardson - Head of Middle East and Asia Programmes, BGCI
Bian Tan - South East Asia Programme Co-ordinator, BGCI
Kingsley Dixon - Director of Science Department, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, Western Australia
Speakers:
Kingsley Dixon
Mark Richardson
Pavel Sekerka - Czechic Prague Botanic Garden
Bian Tan - South East Asia Programme Co-ordinator, BGCI
Peter Wyse Jackson
Huang Hongwen - Wuhan Botanical Garden, Whan Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Jin Xiaobai - Beijing Botanic Garden, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Lawrence Chau - Senior Manager, Flora Conservation and South China Biodiversity Team, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong
Li Jianqiang - Wuhan Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Qin Luping - Director of Medical Plant Garden, Second Military Medical University
Ren Hai - Director of South China Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Gloria Siu - Senior Conservation Officer, Flora Conservation and South China Biodiversity Team, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong
Wang Qingfeng - Deputy Director of Life Science Academy, Wuhan University
Joseph Yip - Conservation Officer, Hong Kong Herbarium, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department Hong Kong
Zhang Zhuoshuang - Director of Beijing Botanic Garden, Superior Engineer
Dai Xinzhu - Chang Chun Zoological and Botanic Garden
Huang Jiayuan - Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Jiang Mingxi -Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Kang Ming - Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Ye Qigang - Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Zhang Daoyuan - Turpan Eremophytes Botanic Garden, Xinjing Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Turfan, Xinjiang
Zhu Huafang - Shanghai Botanic Garden

The First China Botanic Garden Training Workshop

giant pandaWorkshop Theme: The First National Workshop on Biodiversity Conservation and Public Education for Botaniic Gardens in China
The six day workshop was attended by 70 staff members from 23 Chinese Botanic Gardens who took part in lectures, discussions and a practical session on current theory and practice of plant conservation which included topics such as in-situ conservation, ex-situ conservation, sampling procedures, IUCN threat categories, species re-introduction, research and conservation of Chinese medicinal and ornamental plants.

Date: 11-16 November 2002
Location: Institute of Botany, Beijing Botanical Gardens in Beijing

Opening ceremony guests/VIP's:
Huang Hongwen - Director of Wuhan Institute of Botany and Director of Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Zhu Zhen - Deputy Director of Bureau of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Han Xingguo,
Peter Wyse Jackson - Secretary General, BGCI
Samuel Lau - Manager of HSBC, Beijing Branch

Speakers:
Peter Wyse Jackson,
David Rae - Director of Horticulture at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Steve Waldren - Director of Horticulture at Trinity College Botanic Garden, Dublin
Russell Barrett - Researcher, Kings Park Botanic Garden, Perth
Anle Tieu - China Programme Co-ordinator, BGCI
Ge Song - Head of the Centre of Plant Systematics and Evolution, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
He Shan’an - Professor of Nanjing Botanical Garden
Jin Xiaobai - Professor of Beijing Botanical Garden, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Long Yayi - Professor of Beijing Botanic Garden, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xu Zaifu - Professor of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Yu Shuxun - Professor of Beijing Botanical Garden, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science

Response:
The workshop was very well received and participants were particularly interested in information management and databases, ex-situ conservation policies and practice, collections management and policies, species recovery, education and public awareness. These topics will the focus for future workshops.

   


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