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the First Workshop on Biodiversity Data Sharing Environment in Asia

Asia is one of the most biologically diversified areas on theearth and facing severe biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradations in recent decades. However, biodiversity information available in Asia for itsconservation and sustainability are still limited and scattered. A plenty number of existing systems/platforms relating biodiversity conservation and research need to be better linked and integrated to produce more biological information and services to address the biodiversity changes and support the implementation of global conventions and commitments such as Strategic Planfor the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and IPBES associated activities.According to these concerns, supported by Biodiversity Committee, Chinese Academy of Science, the first workshop on Biodiversity Data Sharing Environmentin Asia was held in Zhaoqing city, Guangdong province, China.

At the beginning of the first day, Prof. Keping Ma gave a welcome speech and review the biodiversity informatics and monitoring networks in China and Asia. On the ensuing discussion, Prof. Keping Ma introducedthe insufficiency of existing biodiversity networks and addressed the need fora comprehensive network for all countries in Asia. After that, Dr. Sheila Gorosin Vergara introduced the biodiversity informatics in SEAsia, especiallythe latest works about protected areas; Dr. Nakul Chettri introduced an open access biodiversity database for the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region; Prof. K N Ganeshaiahintroduced digital data bases of Indian bio-resouces; Prof. Liqiang Ji introduced strategy and procedure for building up regional checklist - experiencefrom China; Dr. Bin Chen introduced the idea to turn the Earth into living museumand information technology based international cooperation on biodiversity inventory;Dr. Haining Qin introduced the Red List of China higher plants, including process,results and recommendations; Dr. Chunquan Zhu introduced IUCN programme in Asia; Dr. Yijie Xian introduced the China Biosphere Reserves Network (CBRN);Prof. Eun-Shik KIM introduced Opportunities and Challenges for Linking Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES).

On the second day of the workshop,participants were fervently involved in the discussions.