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The Second International Symposium of Mapping Asia Plants Held Online
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The Second International Symposium of Mapping Asia Plants was held by Biodiversity Committee, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on January 20, 2021, with the support from Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Asia Regional Members Committee, and IUCN Asia Regional Office.

Prof. CAO Jinghua, the Executive Director of the ANSO, Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji, the Director for IUCN Asia Regional Office, Prof. MA Keping, the Vice Chair & Secretary General of Biodiversity Committee, CAS, from the Institute of Botany, CAS and other around 200 participants from 17 countries attended the symposium via different online platforms.

Prof. CAO Jinghua gave a welcome speech at the opening session. He briefly introduced the history of ANSO and how ANSO promoted sustainable development and the advancement of the SDGs including biodiversity conservation through catalyzing and implementing concrete international cooperation initiatives in science, technology & innovation and capacity building.

At the symposium, 12 wonderful presentations by invited speakers from 7 countries were delivered. The presentations covered the research and protection of plant diversity.

Lastly, Prof. MA Keping thanked all the efforts to contribute to the meeting. More cooperation was expected with other networks, taxonomists from Asia, especially from South Asia, Southeast Asia, which are the most diverse areas in biodiversity but also difficult parts to mapping biodiversity. More colleagues, taxonomists are welcome to work together for a better virtual infrastructure for plant diversity in Asia.

The Second International Symposium of Mapping Asia Plants Held Online on January 20, 2021

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