Much of our work in Southeast Asia focuses on linking conservation with livelihoods.
In November 2015, we will be holding the 5th Southeast Asia Botanic Gardens Network Meeting. Find out more here.
In southern Cambodia, at Bokor National Park, we have been helping the villagers of O Toch enhance their livelihoods, pilot forest restoration and conserve rare NTFPs species.
We have assisted in setting up a community protected area within the park made up of a utilisation zone where sustainable harvesting is managed by the local community and a conservation core zone, where harvesting is not allowed.
In the conservation area, highly threatened native trees have been grown. A further objective is to develop conservation collections of the local genetic diversity of the Critically Endangered Aquilaria crassna, an agarwood-generating species. These will source plant material for further reinforcement programmes of wild populations, as well as for plantations in which trials to artifically induce the generation of the highly sought after agarwood will be carried out.
More information on BGCI's work on agarwood can be found here.
In Vietnam we have been conserving medicinal plants alongside traditional herbalists by establishing reintroduction plots in Bavi National Park. We aim to use this model to implement similar community-based projects in Tamdao National Park
In Indonesia, supported by the Rufford Foundation, we worked with botanic garden partners on the conservation of Cibotium barometz, an increasingly rare tree fern. The golden hairs are used medicinally. The work included community outreach and training as well as strengthening the ex situ collections of the plant. We aim to expand this project to include Java and Sumatera
Contact us if you would like further details about our work in Southeast Asia.