The Plant Conservation Programme under the theme "UK-China: Partners in Science" is made up of three separate but inter-related events, funded by different sources and organised in different ways.
The focus on plant conservation emphasises the fundamental importance of plant diversity in underpinning both biodiversity in general and human lives in particular. The events built on existing scientific collaborations and explore the potential for new opportunities to work together in the future.
The three events are:
- "Science for Plant Conservation"supported by the Royal Society (RS), the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) with visits to Beijing, Wuhan and Kunming.
- The re-launch of the award winning British Garden at the Kunming Horticultural Exposition will be celebrated in a one day event supported by the British Consul General in Chongqing.
- The first “International Jade Dragon Seminar on Plant Conservation and Sustainable Development” supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), the Scottish Executive (SE), the Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB) and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).