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TAKING THE VIETNAM FLORA FROM ISOLATION TO INTEGRATION


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A Project supported by theJ.R.S. Biodiversity Foundation and conducted by the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (IEBR) and The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) 2012 - 2017

The project has been coordinated by Douglas C. Daly at the Institute for Systematic Botany, New York Botanical Garden and Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, Nguyen The Cuong, and Do Van Hai at the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources of Vietnam.

Vietnam has a highly diverse but neglected and heavily threatened flora, and most of the specimens and associated data have been effectively inaccessible. The project recently completed with support from the JRS Biodiversity Foundation has helped to make the national herbarium a more valuable resource for regional biodiversity conservation and research through the following: working with committed specialists and students to database, geo-reference, and image 11 plant families important in the flora of the country; generating valid checklists of those families and of Bach Ma National Park; training herbarium and national park personnel and students; and creating a dynamic Web resource. These newly accessible data will be valuable scientific resources to help guide biodiversity conservation planning.