A visit to Southeast Asian countries to promote Asian biodiversity information platform
Organized by Biodiversity Committee, Chinese Academy of Sciences (BC-CAS), a visit team went to Southeast Asia countries, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam during September 18-29, 2016, in order to improve the communications between institutions and Asia Biodiversity Conservation and Database Network (ABCDNet), and promote the Southeast Asia Plant Biodiversity Information Infrastructure (SEADiv).
In the Philippines, the team had a meeting with Dr. Sheila Vergara, Director of Biodiversity Information Management, ASENA Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) as well as participants from FishBase Information and Research Group, Inc. (FIN), University of the Philippines, Species 2000 office in the Philippines and so on. They discussed about data sources, data collection, database development as well as citizen science. Also, the team visited the FIN and Species 2000 office in the Philippines, shared their progress with each other.
During the visit in Thailand, the team met with Prof. Yongyut Trisurat and Dr. Wichan Eiadthong from Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University, Prof. Rachun Pooma, the former Curator of Forest Herbarium in Bangkok (BKF) and Prof. Nannapat Pattharahirantricin, Curator of BKF. They had a discussion about the collection and preservation of plant specimen, the compilation of plant red list and the progress of plant specimen database development.
During the visit, Dr. Maofang Luo introduced the background, progress and key tasks of ABCDNet and focused on the introduction of SEADiv. Dr. Bo Liu introduced the collection of national floras, plant checklists in Southeast Asia. Dr. Zheping Xu shared the development and integration of biodiversity data in China. Dr. Hongfeng Wang introduced the collection and sorting of the national floras, plant checklists in Northeast Asia.
Through this visit, we have a systematic understanding of the development of biodiversity informatics, plant resources in these countries. The colleagues from these four countries confirmed the importance of ABCDNet and SEADiv and were willing to maintain the communications with each other. This visit was an important foundation for future cooperation including exchange of researchers, organizing workshops and so on.