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Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation Asia-Pacific Conference

The conference is open to all and aims to showcase everything from biogeography and evolution, to conservation and sustainable development, and aims to be thought provoking as well as informative for anyone interested in this dynamic region.

Xishuangbanna represents the Northern limits of Southeast Asia, a global diversity hotspot in addition to Chinas most diverse region!

This year the ATBC-AP will focus on Biodiversity of the region, from understanding it’s evolution, to how to best conserve it under increasingly challenging conditions. The conference aims to stimulate discussion on thematic issues to regional conservation, and showcase the latest theories on the origin of the Asia-Pacific region’s extraordinary diversity. The conference will focus on four main themes, which will run in parallel throughout the conference, and will each be represented by a keynote presentation.

Background to the conference

This year we will include a range of different formats and styles of keynote, designed to provide an appropriate arena for discussing contentious issues in conservation and provoking thoughts various aspects of the natural world. We will also provide a diverse training program, including Mentoring, short skills sessions and extended workshops

The four themes have been developed to capture that diversity, and ensure that everyone has a place in the conference:

a). Patterns and processes of Biodiversity

This theme focuses on not only the biodiversity patterns of the region, but the various processes that occur at different scales. This theme includes everything from species physiology and interactions, to understanding species distributions and biodiversity patterns.

b). Biogeography and evolution of Southeast Asian Biodiversity

This theme focuses on the evolution, adaptation, and phylogeography of the region. The sessions will range from palaeontology and dendrochronology, to molecular evolution and population level differentiation, and showcase both techniques and outcomes of the latest research across the region.

c). Addressing the threats to Southeast Asian Biodiversity

Southeast Asia is not only a hotspot for biodiversity, but also a hotspot for threat for a large number of taxa. In this theme we will explore the drivers of biodiversity loss at a variety of levels, and effective approaches to mitigate these threats and best conserve regional biodiversity.

These sessions will reflect conservation biology, and interdisciplinary and intersectoral interactions with business, policy and realms of social science.

d). Sustainable use and production of natural resources

Sustainable use is key to conserving regional biodiversity, as unless humans can co-exist with biodiversity there can be no future. This theme will further explore sustainable (or minimum impact) agricultural approaches, ecosystem service provision and the sustainable use of other resources.

Regional history of the ATBC-AP

The ATBC aims “to foster scientific understanding and conservation of tropical ecosystems by supporting research, collaboration, capacity building, and communication among tropical biologists and conservationists”

The purpose of the society is to “ foster collaboration and information sharing across a broad community of tropical biology professionals. The society provides outlets for research dissemination, and educational and funding opportunities, particularly for early career scientists working across the tropics. As a diverse community of science professionals, the ATBC provides a credible, collective, and authoritative vision of tropical biology and conservation issues that underpin public policy and management action.”

In 2006 the ATBC launched an Asia-Pacific Chapter in Kunming to help promote tropical biology and conservation in the region, with meetings every year since we have now seen a successful decade of the Asia-Pacific chapter of the ATBC.

The chapter aims to mirror the diversity of the region, with country representatives from countries across the region as part of the regional board, and ensuring the relevance and participation of researchers from across the region.

The conference also aims to nurture the next generation of talent, through mentoring, workshops and skill sessions and will also aim to facilitate the attendance of early career researchers from across the region.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Northern gateway to Southeast Asia, and look forward to learning from your perspectives and hope to engage more broadly across sectors to help develop more sustainable approaches for the future


Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, 666303