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The 9th National Symposium on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity Held in Xiamen
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The 9th National Symposium on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity was held from Nov. 4 to 6, 2010, in Xiamen, with the theme “Biodiversity and post-2010 Targets”. Organized by Chinese National Committee for DIVERSITAS (CNC-DIVERSITAS), Biodiversity Committee of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and hosted by Xiamen University, the three-days symposium covered most hot topics in biodiversity, including “Biodiversity monitoring, Ecosystem managing, Biodiversity researching, Biodiversity conservation and sustainable use”. The event attracted over 500 participants.

Established in 1994, the biennial national symposium is a top academic event in the biodiversity field in China, with the main purpose to promote the China’s research and exchange on biodiversity conservation and use. This year’s symposium had 15 plenary reports,15 sessions, 163 concurrent talks, and 370 abstracts, mainly focused on agricultural biodiversity, marine biodiversity, and microbial biodiversity. The 15 sessions are: the risk assessment of species extinction; biodiversity information management and e-science, forest biodiversity monitoring and research, patterns and processes of subtropical evergreen broadleaf forest biodiversity, grassland biodiversity and ecosystem management, planning and construction of nature reserve, biological invasion and coastal wetlands, vegetation diversity and vegetation blog editing and studying in China, CITES species and biological diversity, microbial diversity and the sustainable use, biodiversity research and conservation of birds, coral reefs biodiversity, the China Natural Museum, applications of R languages in ecology and biodiversity research. This symposium has set several all-time high records with the numbers of sessions, attending participants and organizations , which fully reflects the rapid recent progress in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in China. With the great success made in the Ninth Symposium, the organizers and participants look forward to the next in 2012.

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