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Kunming Botanical Garden
China - Yunnan - Kunming
Institution Code: KUN
BGCI Member: Yes
About the Kunming Botanical Garden
Kunming Botanical Garden, 12 km from Kunming city, with towering old trees form a Black Dragon Pool Park, a famous tourist area. Has 60 years of history, the total area of 44 hectares of Kunming Botanical Garden, is a valuable introduction Yunnan flowers, herbs Yunnan, Yunnan important trees and rare and endangered plants in Yunnan Province as the main content of the live collection of garden plants. Nearly 4,000 species of plants have been collected, with 10 specialized class botanical garden.
Conservation and restoration in the Zhibenshan Mountains, West Yunnan, China
Over the past 5 years, BGCI has assisted botanical experts of Kunming Botanical Garden (KBG), CAS, to survey the woody flora of the temperate to subtropical forest habitat in the Zhibenshan mountains, Yunlong County, Dali Prefecture, Yunnan. Over 300 woody species were recorded in the course of the surveys. A number of target species were propagated and ex situ collections developed at KBG and local nurseries at Zhibenshan. In addition, a pilot site was established in situ to study and monitor progress of population reinforcement programmes.
The second phase (2013-2015) will include a major emphasis on habitat restoration at Zhibenshan and entail the following components: 1) establishment of permanent, pilot restoration sites for selected target species; 2) monitoring and evaluation of planted saplings; 3) establishment of a ‘near-situ’ conservation site with a focus on the propagation and cultivation of Plant Species occurring in Extremely Small Populations (PSESP), a concept developed by the Forestry Department of Yunnan Province. Further efforts will be undertaken to ultimately assign official protection status to the biologically most valuable parts of Zhibenshan, linking it with the existing Gaoligong National Nature Reserve.