Successful accomplishment of the International Workshop on Plant Diversity and Conservation of the Belt & Road Countries

A two-week’s (9th Sep. –22nd Sep. 2018) International workshop on Plant Diversity and Conservation of the Belt & Road Countries has been successfull

A two-week’s (9th Sep. –22nd Sep. 2018) International workshop on Plant Diversity and Conservation of the Belt & Road Countries has been successfully concluded at Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences. This workshop is jointly organized by Kunming Institute of Botany and Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The workshop aimed at promoting cooperation and achieving common understandings among leading and young scientists working on plant diversity and conservation in the Belt & Road countries. More than twenty participants from Armenia, China, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Vietnam participated in this workshop.

During the workshop, all the participants presented the current research status and findings, opportunities and Challenges for plant diversity conservations in their respective Countries. The participants also visited several research stations in Lijiang and Shangri-La. The workshop provided a good opportunity for participants to exchange and share their valuable knowledge, experiences and views; to synthesis and leverage those already existed but less available data and information at a multi-scale and cross-border manner. Common understandings were formed among participants on plant diversity and conservation issues in this region, networks have been built among different countries, transboundary corporations in the future have also been enhanced. Along with the workshop, a special issue of Plant Diversity has been organized as an additional output with the focus on the status of the plant diversity and conservation in Belt and Road countries.

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The training class

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The participants visited several research stations in Lijiang

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Teachers and trainees pose a group photo