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The Fifth National Symposium on Ethnobotany, and The Fourth Asia-Pacific Forum on Ethnobotany 


source:     author:     2010-08-12

The Fifth National Symposium on Ethnobotany, and

The Fourth Asia-Pacific Forum on Ethnobotany


(Second Round)

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the Fifth National Symposium on Ethnobotany and The Fourth Asia-Pacific Forum on Ethnobotany, held in Beijing Hubei Hotel, during September 10-13, 2010.

Ethnobotany, a newly-emerged interdisciplinary research area between social and natural sciences, looks into the relationship between mankind and plants. As a result of farming and living practices, China, a country with a history of 5,000 years and 56 ethnic groups, is rich in traditional knowledge (TK), innovations and practices on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. In particular, traditional medicine (TM) in China, including traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and ethnomedicines, is stereotypical TK known to the world. At present, TK has become a hotspot issue in such international conventions as Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), The Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), and relative forums under WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), attracting increasing attention from the international society. It is well known that the research of ethnobotany, which is developed on the basis of discovering and using TK, is closely related to the latter. The research results of ethnobotany have proved the solid foundation and wide application of TK. As a result, it is important to enhance the research of ethnobotany and promote the application and development of TK. At the same time, practical and appropriate measures shall be taken to ensure fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of TK as well as its conservation and inheritance.

As we know, TK has currently become a hotspot issue under the Forums of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the agreement of Trade Related Intellectual Properties under WTO (TRIPs/WTO). In particular, CBD is negotiating an international regime for access and benefit sharing (ABS) of genetic resources and associated TK. A sui generis special for TK protection is also under negotiation. Therefore, this symposium and forum is expected to make contribution to ABS issue.

We sincerely welcome your participation in this important event, and.for your reference, the key information about this event is notified as below:

1. Theme and sub-themes

The theme of this symposium and forum is “Development of ethnobotany and conservation of traditional knowledge” with 5 sub-themes as below:

(1)   Research progress of ethnobotany and international hotspot on TK protection.

(2) The development of ethnobotany and application of TK

(3) Research progress on ethnic medicine

(4) Traditional knowledge and biodiversity conservation

(5) Protection, access and benefit sharing of TK and associated genetic resources

2. Organizers and Co-organizers


Chinese Association of Ethnobotany

Minzu University of China (former name is Central University for Nationalities),


The Third World Network (TWN)

Branch of Ecology and Nature Conservation, Chinese Society of Environmental Science

Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

United Nations University(UNU)

China Office of GLAHS

Nanjing Academy of Wild Plant Synthesis Utilization

Inner Mongolian Normal University, and

Xinjiang Provincial Society of Botany

Host Institutions

College of Life and Environmental Science, Minzu University of China

China Institute of Environment and Resources Protection in the Ethnic Areas

3. Papers required and information exchange

The symposium proceedings will be formally published, so the PPT and the whole paper for each presentation are required before the symposium. To promote the exchange of ethnobotanical research, the symposium would provide display boards for exhibition to present the research progress of ethnobotany and TK issues, including research works and other achievements.

4. Languages

The working languages for this symposium and forum is Chinese and English. A simultaneous translation between Chinese and English will be provided for the plenary meetings during Sept 11 to 12.  

5. Dates and venue

Dates: September 10-13, 2010

Sept 10        Pre-symposium training course on ethnobotany and TK

Sept 10 (afternoon)   Registration

Sept 11-12       5th National Symposium and 4th Asian-pacific Forum on Ethnobotany

Sept 13       New Beijing Tour.

A detailed draft agenda is attached.

Venue: Three Gorges Conference Hall, Beijing Hubei Hotel, Beijing

Address: 36 Zhong-guan-cun South Ave.

Haidian District, Beijing 100081

Tel: ++86 10 6217 2288   Fax: ++86 10 6217 5190

Email: hubeihotel@163.com


6. Post-symposium field excursion

Line A: Two days tour (Sept 14-15) to Molan in Hebei Province for Landscapes of Forests and Grasslands, with price of USD 115

Line B: Five days tour (Sept 14-18) to Hulanbier in Inner-Mongolia for landscape of grasslands and Mongolian TK. with price of USD 300

Note: Participants are responsible for their own expenses of the post-symposium tours. The travel agency will make arrangements for the accommodation, transportation and other sight-seeing activities.

7. Contact persons:

Miss Abby WU

Tel/fax: ++86 10 6893 1632

Mobile: ++86 138 1126 9362

Email: xue_program111@live.cn

Prof. Dayuan XUE

Tel/fax: ++86 10 6893 1632

Mobile: ++86 139 1017 6361

Email: xuedayuan@hotmail.com

8. Attached documents:

Annex 1: Registration Form

Annex 2: Darft agenda

Welcome to Beijing!


Annex 1: The Fifth National Symposium on Ethnobotany, and

The Fourth Asia-Pacific Forum on Ethnobotany

(Sept 10-13, 2010, Beijing)


Registration Form

(the Second Round)





Employer or


Contact address

Telephone No.:

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Fax No.

Email address

Paper title

Plenary presentation

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The rate for standard room: 70 USD per night including breakfast. The option is:

Single bed room □

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Beijing Hubei Hotel is a four star hotel

Post-symposium tour

Option A □    Option B □    No participating □

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Note: Please send the filled registration form by Aug 20, so that we can arrange and ensure your accommodation and field tour.


Annex 2:The Fifth National Symposium and the Fourth Asia-pacific Forum on Ethnobotany, Sept 10-13, 2010, Beijing, China

(Theme: Ethnobotany Development and TK protection)

Draft Agenda

1、Program for the Pre-symposiun Training Course on Ethnobotany and Traditional Knowledge

Time:8:30 – 16:30, Sept 10, 2010

Venue: Wen Hua Building, Minxu University of China (MUC)

Participants:Faculty and students of MUC, related experts and symposium participants who are interested

8:30 – 10:20

Chair: Prof Feng Jinchao, Dean, College of Life and Environmrntal Science, MUC.

  • Ethnobotany and its modern application, Prof PEI Shengji, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science,
  • Ethnobotany and plant resources protection, Prof HUAI Fuyin, Yangzhou University

10:20 – 10:40 Tea break

10:40 – 12:00

  • Endangered Species Protection as an Extreme Form of Rent Control, Prof Sun Joseph CHANG, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University.
  • Studies and utilization of Mongolian ethnobotany, Prof Khasbagan, Inner-Mongolian Normal University.   

12:00 -14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:30

Chair: Prof XUE Dayuan, Director, China Institute of Environment and Resources Protection for the Ethnic Areas,

  • Protection and sustainable use of TCM, Prof HUANG Luqi, Deputy Director General, Chinese Academy of Traditional Medical and Medicinal Science.
  • Agricultural Heritage and Conservation Approaches, Prof MING Qingwen, Institute of Geography and Resources, Chinese Academy of SCience
  • Modern Ethnobotany, Prof LONG Chunling, School of Life and Environmrntal Science, MUC.

2. Programs for 5th National Symposium and 4th Asia-Pacific Forum on Ethnobotany

Sept 10, 2010

Registration: from 14:00 in the lobby of Beijin Hubei Hotel

Day 1 (Sept 11)

Opening Ceremony

9:00 – 10:00

Chair: Prof XUE Dayuan (Exicutive Chairman of the 5th National Symposium and 4th Asia-pacific Forum on Ethnobotany)

  • Welcome remark by Prof CHEN Li (President, Minzu University of China)
  • Remark by Prof PEI Shengji (Chair, Chinese Association of Ethnobotany and Professor from Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS)
  • Remark by official from State Commission for Ethnic Affairs
  • Remark by official from Ministry of Education
  • Remark by official from Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • Remark by Dr Balakrishna Pisupati (Chief, Biodiversity, Land Law and Governance Unit, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
  • Remark by Ms CHEE Yoke Ling, Co-director, the Third World Network (TWN)
  • Remark by Prof LI Wenhua, Academician from Institute of Geographical Science and Natural Resources, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) 


Group photo

9:45-10:00 Tea break

Session 1 The Research Progress on Ethnobotany and International Hotspot on Traditional Knowledge


Chair: Prof LI Wenhua and Prof PEI Shengji

Keybote speeches by 4 people, 30 minutes each including 5 minutes for questions

  • Review of researches on ethnobotany during the past 30 years, by Prof PEI Shengji, Chair, Chinese Association of Ethnobotany, Senior Fellow, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS.
  • Applications of ethnobotany in the researches of wild plant species, by Prof ZHANG Weiming, Director General, Nanjing Research Academy for Synthesis Utilization of Wild Plants
  • International progress and challenges for biodiversity conservation and TK protection, by Dr Balakrishna Pisupati, Chief of Biodiversity Unit, UNEP
  • Contentious Issues in the ABS international regime negotiations: Finding a middle path? by Prof. Gurdial Singh Nijar, from Malaya University, Malaysia.

Sept 11, Afternoon

Session 2 Development of Ethnobotany and Application of TK

13:30- 15:30

Chair: Prof LONG Chunling and Prof Khasbagan

6 speakers, 15 minutes each, with 30 minutes for a penal discussion

  • Ethnoecological perspective on livestock grazing and rangeland management, by Prof LUO Peng, from Chengdu Institute of Biology, CAS.
  • Traditional knowledge and Chinese Cyclopedia (Biology Section), by Prof LU Chuanchao, from Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS.
  • Study on medical macrofungal flora diversity in Inner Mongolia, by Prof WANG Junli, College of Life and Environmental Science, Minzu university of China (MUC).
  • Native plants of Wu Region and cultural heritance, by Prof JIN Juling and LI Mei, from Institute of Botany, under the joint leadership of Jiangsu Provincial Government and CAS.
  • The application of ethnobotany to crop domestication research——A case study from eggplant, by Dr WANG Jingshu, from Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS
  • Study on the antioxidant activity of young edible leaves in seven fig trees, by Prof HU Huabing, from Sishuanbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS.

15:30 – 16:00 Tea break

Session 3 Resaerch Progress on the Ethnic Traditional Medicine

16:00 – 18:00

Chair: Prof QING Luping and Prof HUAI Huying

7 speakers, 15 minutes each, with 35 minutes for a penal discussion

  • Study on function of Chinese medicine for nourishing kidney to osteoporosis, by Prof QING Luping, from College of Medicine, the Second Medical University of the People’s Liberation Army.
  • Genetic diversity in meadow steppe, typical steppe and forest steppe of Artemisia frigida Willd, by Dr LIU Yue, from School of Life and Environmental Science, MUC.
  • Medical ethnobotany and quality evaluation of Gentiana rhodantha Franch, by Prof WU Lihong, from Shanghai Traditional ChineseMedical and Medicine University.
  • Determination of the total flavonoids in the three crude ethnodrugs from Sedum, by Prof WAN Dingrong, from College of Medicine, Minzu University of Middle-South China
  • Active constituents from several ethnomedicines, by Dr WANG Yaohu, from Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS.
  • Drug discovery based on active ingredients of Traditional Chinese Medicine, by Prof HU Lihong, from Shanghai Institute of Medicine, CAS.
  • New consideration for research and development of the sanding plants in Xinjiang region, by Prof JIA Xiaoguang, Dorector, Xinjiang Institute of Chinese and Ethnic Traditional Medicines.


18:30 – 20:00 Reception Dinner

 Day 2

Sept 12, Morning

Session 4 Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity Conservation

8:30 – 10:15

Chair:Prof MIN Qingwen and Prof ZHANG Weiming

5 speakers, 15 minutes each, with 30 minutes for a panel discussion

  • Local Knowledge on Climate Change——A case study of Guonian village, Deqin county, Yunnan Province, China, by Mr YIN Lun, Director, Center of Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge of Yunnan Province (CBIK).
  • Inquire The Amis students’ conceptions of plant from the perspectives of ethnobotany, by Dr LEE Huei and Dr HUANG Hueitzu,from National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan
  • Analysis of relationship between Dong Nationality living in the southeast Guizhou province and plant resources on viewpoint of ethnobotany., by Ms ZHOU Chuanyan et al, from Guizhou Provincial Academy of Sciences.
  • The change of forest resources and associated traditional knowledge in Qing Dynasity of Quizhou Province – An example in the ethnic areas of Miao and Dong people in the Southeast Quizhou, by Dr LIU Shan / Prof MIN Qingwen, from Institute of Geographical Science and Natural Resources, CAS.
  • The cultural character of Chinese garden plant and the preservation of its diversity, by Dr FU Fan, from Northern Industry University. Beijing.


10:15 – 10:30 Tea break

Session 5 Protection and Benefit-sharing of TK and Associated Genetic Resources

10:35 – 12:00

Chair:Prof XUE Dayuan and Prof SONG Yiqing

4 speakers, 15 minutes each, with 25 minutes for a panel discussion

  • Legal protection for traditional knowledge associated biodiversity, by Prof QING Tianbao, from School of Law, Wuhan University
  • Agricultural Biodiversity and Related TK Protection: Exploration for incentive mechanisms and ABS Tools in Southwest China, by Prof SONG Yiqing, Research Center of Agricultural Policy, CAS..
  • The history and present status for introduction and outflow of the plant genetic resources in China, by Dr WU Jianyong, Prof XUE Dayuan and Dr ZHOU Kexin, from Nanjing Institute of Environmental Science, Ministry of Environmental Protection of China,
  • On TK documentation and database establishing for the minority ethnic groups in China, by Dr GUO Luo and Prof XUE Dayuan, et al., School of Life and Environmental Science, Minzu University of China.

Sept 12, Afternoon

The Fourth Asia-pacific Forum on Ethnobotany

Session 1: Present Status and Development Trends for Ethnobotany in Asia-pacific Region

13:30 – 15:15

Chair:Prof PEI Shengji and Dr Rick Stepp

5 speakers, 15 minutes each, with 30 minutes for a panel discussion

  • lInternational progress on ethnotobany and ethnobiology, by Dr. Rick Stepp from University of Florida, USA.
  • A review of PPI (People and Plants Initiative)program and applied ethnobotany, by Dr. Alan Hamilton, from UK
  • Ethnobotanical Research in Nepal: a genesis, by Dr. Krishna K. Shrestha, President, Ethnobotanical Society of Nepal (ESON),
  • Perspectives on the Ethnobotanical Researches in Royal Project Stations, Thailand, by Dr. Chusie Trisonthi from Thailand.
  • Successful Case Reports of Integrated East-West Approaches for Chronic Diseases , by Dr Omboon VALLISUTA fromThailand.

15:15 – 15:45  Tea break

Session 2 Traditional Knowledge Protection and Practices of Benefit-sharing in Asia-pacific Region.

15:45 – 17:30

Chair:Prof XUE Dayuan and Ms CHEE Yokeling

5 speakers, 15 minutes each, with 30 minutes for a panel discussion.

  • ABS practice in Japan, by Prof. Taro Saishu, from National Fishery University, Japan.
  • The needs of indigenous and local communities in the ABS regime for GR & TK, by Ms. CHEE Yoke Ling, co-director, the Third World Network (TWN).
  •  Ethnobotanyof Tai (Shan) communities in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand, by Dr Angkhana Inta from Thailand.
  • Expansion of rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) in Mainland Southeast Asia: Ecological and social implications, by Dr. Jefferson Fox, Senior Fellow of East-West Center, Hawaii, USA,  
  • Bridging the gap between traditional knowledge and school science: A teaching module setting Bunun Millet Festival as a core, by Dr CHIANG Chia-Ling and Dr GUO Fu-Hsiang, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan.

Closing Ceremony

17:30 – 18:00

Chair:Prof XUE Dayuan

      Closing speech by Prof PEI Shengji.

Day 3 (Sept 13)

New Beijing Tour on Sept 13 (free charge for the symposium participants)

Post-symposium field excursion (with payment by participants)

Line A: Two days tour (Sept 14-15) to Molan in Hebei Province for Landscapes of Forests and Grasslands, with price of USD 115

Line B: Five days tour (Sept 14-18) to Hulanbier in Inner-Mongolia for landscape of grasslands and Mongolian TK, with price of USD 300

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