The warm, humid tropical region of Southeast Asia lies south of China, east of India, and north of Australia. It includes both mainland (e.g., Thailand, Vietnam) and island (e.g., Indonesia, Philippines) nations. Only a small percentage of Southeast Asian forests remain intact, but those that do are largely unexplored. By and large, rain forest and other ecosystems in Southeast Asia are severely threatened by population growth, intensification of agriculture, rapid industrialization, and urbanization. More than 40 percent of Southeast Asian plant species are in danger of extinction in this century.
Garden scientists are working with local colleagues and institutions in several parts of Southeast Asia to explore, understand, conserve, and manage the region’s dramatic and imperiled plant diversity.
NYBG’s Southeast Asia Projects:
Bringing Asia to Digital Life: Mobilizing Underrepresented Asian Herbarium Collections in the US to Propel Biodiversity Discovery
Floristic Exploration in Southeast Asia
Floristic Inventory of a Neglected Biodiversity Hotspot: Myanmar’s Northern Forest Complex
Palms of Vietnam
Plant Conservation and Forest Resource Management in Myanmar