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Mapping Asia Plants

Mapping Asia Plants (MAP) provides adatabase and standardized workflow for mapping Asia plant species. It is available to comprehensive basic information and interdisciplinary data mining for plant diversity conservation and research. MAP aims to collect, integrate Asia plant diversity resources and to develop a platform of Asia plant diversity.  

From the distribution ofonline data resources of global biodiversity, the plant information available in Asia is still limited and scattered. The plant distribution data in Asia accounts for less than 2% in GBIF (By December 2018). Till now, there is no biodiversity database infrastructure at a continental scale in Asia. Although there are certain independent efforts of biodiversity database development in China Mainland and China Taiwan, India, Japan and Korea, there is no complete biodiversity database in most Asian countries, which has serious impacts on biodiversity research and protection at a regional scale in Asia. Thus, Mapping Asia Plants (MAP) was initiated at the meeting of ABCDNet workinggroup in November 2015, and was funded by Bureau of International Cooperation and Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

On the basis of academic connections, the collaboration network of Asia plant scientists has been established through many years of international exchange, especially ABCDNet’s establishment in 2013, which paves the way for the development of MAP. Significant support for MAP is provided by the successively established overseas research centers by Chinese Academy ofSciences. A new round of open strategy, marked by "going out" by the Chinese government, provides political basis for regional projects such as MAP.

Sub-regionprogress of Mapping Asia Plants (MAP)

Sub-regions

Database development (By December  2018)

Southeast Asia

The species checklist database has been set up:

Country

Num. of Family

Num. of Genera

Country

Num. of Family

Num. of Genera

Brunei

243

1260

Myanmar

316

2434

Cambodia

268

1563

Philippines

369

4041

East Timor

186

831

Singapore

282

1816

Indonesia

381

3695

Thailand

344

3184

Laos

288

1859

Vietnam

340

2928

Malaysia

339

3057

The species distribution database has been set up in  Brunei and Singapore (at country level), Indonesia (at island level),  Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam (at  provincial level).

South Asia

The species checklist database has been set up in  all 8 countries in South Asia:

Country

Num. of Family

Num. of Genera

Afghanistan

152

1096

Bangladesh

229

1427

Bhutan

245

1758

India

318

3126

Sri Lanka

245

1597

Maldives

123

436

Nepal

247

1751

Pakistan

203

1581

Besides, the species distribution database has been  set up in Afghanistan (at provincial level).

Northeast Asia

The preliminary species checklist database has been  set up in Northeast Asia. Among which, there are 1203 genera, 196 families in  Korean peninsula; 1394 genera, 228 families in Japan; 4003 genera, 465  families in China; 662 genera, 114 families in Mongolia. The species  distribution database has been set up in China, Japan and Mongolia (at  provincial level).

Middle Asia

Species checklist database has been set up in Middle  Asia. There are 981 genera, 129 families in Kazakhstan; 905 genera, 126  families in Tajikistan; 973 genera, 146 families in Uzbekistan; 750 genera,  111 families in Turkmenistan; 780 genera, 114 families in Kyrgyzstan. The  species distribution database includes 5634 species in Kazakhstan and 3927  species in Kyrgyzstan.

North Asia

Species checklist database has been set up in North  Asia, including 48051 records from 1178 genera. An endangered species  database is establishing, now there are 3547 records.

West Asia

Species checklist database has been set up. The  information for each country is listed in the table:

Country

Num. of Family

Num. of Genera

Country

Num. of Family

Num. of Genera

Armenia

156

879

Lebanon

139

910

Azerbaijan

176

1142

Oman

90

474

Bahrain

55

175

Palestine

123

814

Cyprus

142

409

Qatar

62

251

Georgia

182

999

Saudi Arabia

131

855

Iran

167

1215

Syria

126

850

Iraq

136

908

United Arab Emirates

81

392

Israel

112

813

Turkey

163

1146

Jordan

112

813

Yemen

179

1067

Kuwait

61

254