The 5th meeting of the Southeast Asia Botanic Gardens (SEABG) Network was held in Eka Karya Bali Botanic Gardens, Bali, Indonesia during November 2-5. The meeting brought together directors or vice directors to inform and update on botanic garden development in the region, to review ans agree on working practices of the network. Prof. Hu Huabin, deputy director of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), attended the meeting.
Prof. Hu Huabin briefed the general information of botanic gardens in China and development of Chinese Union of Botanic Gardens (CUBG).
The meeting was hosted by Bali Botanic Gardens, in collaboration with the Center for Plant Conservation, Botanic Gardens – Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). It provided a platform to inform and update on botanic garden development in the region, and to review and agree on the working practices of the network. In unction with the meeting, a training workshop was held on the implementation of the provisions on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing under the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS).
The 6th meeting is possibly held in Vietnam.
Participants pose a group photo
Presentation and discussion
The Southeast Asia Botanic Gardens (SEABG) network was set up in 2004 to acknowledge, support and promote the work of botanic gardens in the region (see Statement from the first meeting held at Singapore Botanic Gardens, 30-31 January 2004,). SEABG countries include Brunei, Cambodia, China (tropical southern provinces), Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan (tropical Okinawa prefecture), Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.
To date, the network has met at Singapore Botanic Gardens (30-31 January 2004; 7-9 February 2007); Dr. Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Center & Taiwan Forestry Research Institute’s Fushan Botanical Garden (17-20 November 2009); and Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences (14-19 November 2011).