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Creating a hotspot of research and learning

In the misty highlands of the Truong Son mountain range lies one of South East Asia’s biodiversity hotspots. In an area of 63,938 hectares, 91 per cent of which is covered in primary forest, Bidoup Nui Ba National Park (the Park) is recognised as one of four key centres for plant and animal biodiversity within Vietnam.

Daniel Bishop, Manager Horticulture, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

While the landscape is primeval, the Park only gained its current status in 2004. Containing over 1950 plant species, over 250 species of orchid and many rare and endemic conifers such as Pinus kremphii and Pinus dalatensis, Bidoup Nui Ba National Park is seeking to create a hotspot of research and learning, so valuable for the people of Vietnam in understanding and protecting their natural resources.

With the support of international donors, the central Government and the Province, the management of the Park has embarked on the ambitious plan of creating a research and administrative ‘hub’ on the Park’s edge. Construction of the headquarters has been completed, along with a public visitor centre, to introduce tourists to the plant and animal species contained within the Park.

A Centre for Tropical Highland Ecosystems Research is currently being developed and significant funding has been provided by the Vietnamese Government to establish a botanic garden that will attract tourism and provide employment opportunities for the local K’ho people who have traditionally inhabited the area.

In February 2011, as a part of our Asia Capacity Building Program, supported by HSBC, staff of the Trust contributed to the project through the provision of a concept Landscape Masterplan that assisted the Park in obtaining support. The botanic garden will seek to educate tourists passing through the region about the high conservation values of the Park, while also providing access to plant material for research and creating a take-off point for those wishing to explore the Park interior.

In September of this year, the Trust hosted a visit from senior managers of Bidoup Nui Ba in an effort to introduce concepts around collections management, planning, integrating fundraising activities, education, horticulture and science within leading botanic gardens. The five-day visit managed to incorporate visits to all three Trust Gardens to evaluate our approach to the Trust’s key objectives. They also visited and spoke with senior management of the Royal National Park to discuss how fundraising, eco-tourism, fire management and conservation priorities are managed within one of the world's oldest park reserves.   

The Trust plans to develop the relationship with Bidoup Nui Ba National Park (hopefully to inspire even greater investment in botanical science within Vietnam) and to provide staff training opportunities for both horticultural development and research collaboration. With the support of sponsors such as HSBC, the Asia Capacity Building project will endeavour to share our knowledge and skills in pursuit of our commitment to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation 2020 and confirm our place as a world leading botanic institution. 

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