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Institute of Botany strengthen the cooperation with Africa
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In order to strengthen the cooperation with Arica in plant ecology, under the support of project “Sino-UN cooperation action on African water” funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, researchers from Institute of Botany, CAS paid a visit to Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Sudan in September.

Aiming to promote the vegetation conservation in the typical areas of the Nile Basin, Dr. Wu Dongxiu, Dr.Song Chuangye and Dr. Shi Huiqiu visited University of Nairobi and National Environment Management Authority in Kenya, University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, Haramaya University and Hawassa University in Ethiopia and Ministry of Human Recourses Development, Ministry of Irrigation & Water Recourses and Medicinal & Aromatic Plants Research Institute (MAPRI), National Centre for Research (NCR) in Sudan, and took scientific investigation on the typical vegetation of the Nile Basin. They discussed the content , scheme and future plan of the project with the African collaborators in detail. The parties agreed that this project was meaningful for water and vegetation conservation in the Nile Basin and promised to take part in the project. Dr. Wu and her colleagues also visited the field stations in Kenya, weather monitoring sites in Tanzania and the desert site in Sudan.

During this visit, Dr. Wu also met  Sun Hong, the Director-General of Chinese Science and Technology Exchange Centre (CSTEC), and the officers of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nairobi. Sun and the  officers showed their interests in this project and promised  they would give  support to the project.

After the visit, Dr.Wu and her colleagues have got a preliminary understanding of the status of the existing field monitoring sites, and collected part of basic data for the project. Dr. Wu also reached an agreement on future plan and its detailed timetable of the project with the collaborators. More important is thata goodcooperationship has been established between the Institute of Botany and the cooperative units in Africa.

  Meeting the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Recourses, Sudan  
  Monitoring site in the Lake Victoria Basin, Tanzania

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