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Ensuring Plant Conservation Success in China --BGCI Workshop at South China Botanical Garden, CAS

1. Botanic gardens and the China Strategy for Plant Conservation

Objectives: To publicize the China's Strategy for Plant Conservation (CSPC); consider priority projects and funding sources for its implementation in 2008-2010; consider the development of CSPC public awareness materials and opportunities for its promotion locally, nationally and internationally; consider how botanic gardens and BGCI can best support implementation of the CSPC.
2. Planning for integrated conservation of globally endangered trees in China (CSPC Target 8)

Objectives: To review gaps in ex situ collections for threatened tree species, in particular for Critically Endangered oaks, maples and magnolias; identify appropriate locations for holding new ex situ collections; agree species priorities, locations and methodologies for restoration; understand legal and policy framework for ex and in situ conservation; and capitalize on lessons learnt in integrated conservation for future conservation initiatives.

Organized by: Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)
       State Forestry Administration of China
        Chinese Academy of Sciences
        State Environmental Protection Administration of China
Hosted by: South China Botanical Garden (SCBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences
Chairperson:Prof. Dr. Hongwen Huang (Director of SCBG)
      Sara Oldfield (Secretary-General of BGCI)
Date: 26 – 27 February 2008
Hotel:Hui Dong Holiday Hotel (near South China Botanical Garden)
Workshop venue: Workshop Room of Public Education Center of SCBG

Contact information:
Xiaoxia Ke:Phone:020-85232052
Shadow Ji:Phone: 020-85231556
      Mobile: 13560456011


26 February 2008

Botanic gardens and the China Strategy for Plant Conservation

Morning:  09:00 – 12:30

Moderator:  Guoyi Zhou (Deputy Director, South China Botanical Garden)








 09:00 – 10:30





l     Official release of ‘China’s Strategy for Plant Conservation’



l     BGCI’s China Programme Office Label Unveiling

Welcome by

Hongwen Huang

Director, South China Botanical Garden, CAS

Jiansheng Jia

Deputy Director-General, Department of Wildlife Conservation, State Forestry Administration

Qiang He

Engineer, Department of Nature and Ecology, State Environmental Protection Administration

Sara Oldfield  

Secretary General, BGCI

Xiangying Wen 

China Programme Coordinator, BGCI

Ronghui Su

Deputy Director, Bureau of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, CAS

l     Group Photo

10:30 – 12:30

Priorities for action 2008 – 2010



Invited Presentations




10:30 – 11:20

Forward Scientific Research in Botanical Gardens

10:30 – 11:00: Presentation

11:00 – 11:20: Discussion

Hongwen Huang

Director, South China Botanical Garden, CAS

11:20 – 12:10

The Role of Botanic Gardens in in situ Conservation of Local Biodiversity: The case of Xishuangbanna Botanic Garden

11:20 – 11:50: Presentation

11:50 – 12:10: Discussion

Jin Chen

Director of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden

          12:30 – 13:30  Lunch


Afternoon: 13:30 – 17:00

Priorities for action 2008 -2010

Moderator:  Sara Oldfield (Secretary General, BGCI)








13:30 – 14:15

The Status of Chinese Plant Diversity and Proposed Protection Measures

13:30 – 14:00: Presentation

14:00 – 14:15: Discussion

Keping Ma

Director of Beijing Institute of Botany

14:15 – 15:00

Plant Diversity Conservation: Status, Problems and Solutions in Southwestern China

14:15 – 14:45: Presentation

14:45 – 15:00: Discussion  

Dezhu Li

Director of Kunming Botanical Garden


15:00 – 15:15  Tea Break

15:15 – 16:00

Promoting Education and Awareness on Plant Diversity Through Community Engagement

15:15 – 15:45: Presentation

15:45 – 16:00: Discussion

Lawrence Chau

Head of Flora Conservation Department, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden


16:00 – 16:30

Policies on Chinese Wild Plants Protection and Management

16:00 – 16:20: Presentation

16:20 – 16:30: Discussion

Chunling Wang

Deputy Director, Department of Wildlife Conservation,

State Forestry Administration


16:30 – 17:00

Concluding discussion


18:00  Dinner

Organized by the British Consulate-General Guangzhou



27 February 2008


Planning for Integrated Conservation of Globally Threatened Trees in China (CSPC Target 8)


Morning: 09:00 – 12:30

Moderator: Shaohua Li (Director, Wuhan Botanical Garden)





Invited Presentations




09:00 – 09:30

Conservation assessments of threatened trees of Magnolia, Quercus and Acer – What next?

Joachim Gratzfeld

Director of Regional Programmes, BGCI

09:30 – 09:50

Threatened trees in cultivation – key findings from the ex situ collection survey of threatened Magnolias

Xiangying Wen

China Programme Coordinator, BGCI

09:50 – 10:10

Obstacles confronting the conservation of Chinese magnolias and solutions

Genlin Jiao

Fairy Lake Botanical Garden

10:10 – 10:20  Questions and Answers

10:20 – 10:40  Tea Break

10:40 – 11:10

Eco-forestry initiatives in Guangdong – What can we learn from community forest management?

Michelle Xueying Zhuang

Professor, College of Forestry, South China Agricultural University

11:10 – 11:40

Lessons learnt in in situ conservation and recovery programmes of native, rare forest trees

Diqiang Li

Professor, Institute of Forest Ecology, CAF

11:40 – 12:10  Questions and Answers

12:30 – 14:00  12:30-13:30 Lunch

Afternoon13:30 – 17:00 Moderator: Jingping Liao ( Executive Deputy Director, Horticulture Center of South China Botanical Garden, CAS)



Invited Presentations



13:30 – 13:50

Ex situ conservation of threatened Magnolia species

Prof. Qingwen Zeng

South China Botanical Garden, CAS

13:50 – 14:10

Conservation of threatened Trigonobalanus doichangensis

Wei-Bang Sun

Executive Director, Kunming Botanic Gardens

14:10 – 14:30

Ecological restoration and reintroduction of rare and endangered plants of Primulina tabacum

Hai Ren

Deputy Director, South China Botanical Garden, CAS

14:30 – 14:50

Conservation of threatened Maples

Dr. Yousheng Chen

Institute of Botany, CAS


Ex situ conservation of critically endangered species Thuja sutchuenensis

Dr.Xiaodong Li

Wuhan Botanical Garden, CAS

15:10 – 15:30  Tea Break


Conservation and reintroduction of critically endangered native species Bretschneidera sinensis Hemsl.

Dr. Qi Qiao

South China Botanical Garden,CAS

15:50 – 16:20

Discussion – Priorities for development of ex situ conservation and implementation of recovery programmes towards implementation of CSPC Target 8

16:20 – 16:50  Workshop conclusions

18:00  Dinner

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