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Kawagebo Mountain, NW Yunnan
The Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) is conducting research on the useful plants near six villages in the Eastern Himalayan region of Menri or Medicine Mountains in Yunnan, China. The Menri Range of NW Yunnan is of global importance for its alpine and subalpine biodiversity, endemism, and variation, both genetic and environmental. Two major issues this project attempts to study are successful indigenous management of biodiversity and threats and mitigation of threats to biodiversity posed by over harvesting of useful plant resources.
At present this project includes seven distinct studies:
As part of the land-use systems management study MBG botanists in collaboration
The Nature Conservancy(TNC), Tibetan doctors, and local villagers, will use
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology to create land-use maps to document
indigenous systems of biodiversity management. This part of the study was developed
in conjunction with
Ford Foundationís capacity building program.
MBG principal staff for this project includes Jan Salick, Curator of Ethnobotany, Bee Gunn, Senior Herbarium Asst. (Ford Project Training Coordinator), Anthony Amend, Ethnobotanist (Senior Herbarium Asst.), and Trish Distler, GIS Analyst.