International Conference on Biodiversity and Bioprospecting

Posted on 26 April 2022

An "International Conference on Biodiversity and Bioprospecting" has been planned under the leadership of the Department of Plant Resources (DPR) of the Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoFE), Government of Nepal in collaboration with Universities and prominent national and international organizations.
 
The conference aims to bring together academicians, scientists, researchers, experts, managers and policy makers to share and discuss existing problems, latest innovations, emerging opportunities and future priorities in the field of biodiversity and bioprospecting. It aims to open an avenue for enhancing understanding of different aspects of conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity. The main objectives of the conference are:
 
  • Share and exchange research findings, knowledge and experiences on biodiversity and bioprospecting among wider stakeholders;
  • Encourage scientists and researchers by providing platform to present research findings to strengthen capacity in plant and allied science;
  • Develop strategic direction for future research and development in the field of biodiversity and bioprospecting.

The conference covers biodiversity especially focused on plant diversity, major threats to plant diversity conservation, traditional knowledge, medicinal plants, plant based products, modern tools and technologies etc. There are several aspects of biodiversity and bioprospecting, hence some additional topics can be considered. The following are the major themes of the conference.
 
  • Plant Systematics
  • Plant Diversity Conservation
  • Biological Invasion
  • Climate Change
  • Ethnobotany and Traditional Knowledge
  • MAPs and Natural Products
  • Bioprospecting and Innovations
Grasslands managed by the Community Co-ordination Forest Committee (CFCC) in Khata, on the border of Royal Bardia National Park. The land was previously grazed on, leaving it barren and bereft of life. Through sustainable management the area has now been regenerated. The committee was established with the help of WWF and allows communities to manage their own forests/grasslands in a sustainable manner. Khata, Royal Bardia National Park buffer zone, western Terai, Nepal.
© Simon de TREY-WHITE / WWF-UK