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Episode 1: Exploring future investment in biodiversity research and monitoring





Date & Time

25 April 2022 to 26 April 2022


Srijana Joshi Rijal & Sunayana Basnet

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HILIFE webinar


The first episode of the webinar series aims to identify key biodiversity knowledge gaps, set priorities for research, and explore future investments in biodiversity research and monitoring. The Far Eastern Himalaya Landscape (FEHL) is a biodiversity-rich transboundary landscape that stretches across parts of China, India, and Myanmar. The landscape has diverse flora and fauna from three bio-geographic regions and a high proportion of rare, endemic, vulnerable, and endangered species. It harbours at least 12 Important Bird Areas, 8 of the Global 200 Ecoregions, and is home to at least 240 mammals, 800 bird species, and 6,000 vascular plant species with a high degree of endemism and threatened species. About 50.1% of the landscape is protected (nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, and national parks) by the governments of China, India, and Myanmar. The FEHL is also home to diverse ethnic communities with unique sociocultural traditions. Given its significance, this is a priority area for conservation and investments in research and monitoring.

This webinar is open to all researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and funding agencies currently working in or having an interest in the FEHL.


Call for abstracts

We invite abstracts for the first webinar on 25-26 April 2022. The selected abstracts will be published in a compendium of abstracts and the authors will be asked to present their work during the webinar.



The abstract must be based on scientific work or research conducted at the landscape level and focus on any of the following areas:

  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem services
  • Drivers of change
  • Climate change impacts on biodiversity
  • Efforts in long-term monitoring
  • Biodiversity assessments and valuation


Guideline for abstracts

  • Must be based on original work from the Far Eastern Himalaya Landscape or adjoining areas such as northwest Yunnan, Changlang District, India, and northern Myanmar
  • Must include a short background, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusion
  • Only abstract submitted in English will be considered
  • The length of the abstract must not exceed 500 words

Please submit your abstract here.



5 March 2022 Call for abstracts for oral presentations
1 April 2022 Registration
8 April 2022 Deadline for abstract submission
15 April 2022 Notifications sent to abstract submitters
25-26 April 2022 Webinar



Time Agenda Speakers

Opening session

Moderated by: Srijana Joshi

09:15-09:25 Objective of Webinar Yi Shaoliang, Programme Coordinator, HI-LIFE, ICIMOD
09:25-09:30 Welcome Remarks from ICIMOD Izabella Koziell, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD
09:30-9:50 Keynote speech

Transboundary Conservation in the Eastern Himalayas: Challenges and Opportunities

Madhu Rao
Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and Senior Advisor, Wildlife Conservation Society
09:50-10:05 Transect approach and evolution of transboundary landscape in HKH Nakul Chettri, Regional Programme Manager- Transboundary Landscapes, ICIMOD
10:05-10:25 Remarks from RMCs Jianqiang Wu
Deputy Director, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences Heilongtan, Kunming, ChinaJ C Kuniyal
Scientist G
G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment Almora, IndiaHla Myo Aung
Assistant Director
Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division
Forest Department
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

10:25-10:30 Vote of Thanks Srijana Joshi, ICIMOD
Time Agenda Speakers

Technical Session 1: Biodiversity target and research trend Moderated by: Yang Xuefei, China

13:05-13:25 Keynote speech
Biodiversity research and conservation in the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework era
Yang Yongping
Professor and Deputy Director
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden,
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
13:25-13:40 Developing effective targets for climate and biodiversity Alice C. Hughes
University of Hong Kong
13:40-13:55 Overview of biodiversity research in Far Eastern Himalaya Bandana Shakya et al
13:55-14:10 Biodiversity surveys in Northern Myanmar by SEABRI Li Ren, Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute (SEABRI)
14:10-14:25 30 years of Land Use Land Cover changes in the Far Eastern Himalayan Landscape-(Hi-LIFE) Fawaz Parapurath/Mriganka S Sarkar GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, India
14:25-14:45 Q&A session
14:45-14:55 Summary Yang Xuefei
Professor, Kunming Institute of Botany Chinese Academy of Sciences (KIB-CAS), China
14:55-15:00 Break

Interactive Session: Biodiversity data sharing and management Moderated by: Bandana Shakya

15:00-15:15 Biodiversity data mobilization and their importance for conservation decisions Tim Hirsch
Deputy Director
Head of Participation and Engagement Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Secretariat, Denmark
15:15-15:25 Introduction to ICIMOD regional database system Sudip Pradhan, ICIMOD
15:25-15:35 Biotracks: an effective tool for biodiversity field survey Xu Zhoufeng, Kunming Institute of Botany, China
15:35-15:55 Interactive/ Q&A session
15:55-16:00 Summary and closing Bandana Shakya, ICIMOD

Time Agenda Speakers

Technical Session 2: Biodiversity research and monitoring Moderated by: Mahendra S. Lodhi, India

13:00-13:10 Recap of Day 1 Srijana Joshi
13:10-13:20 An ethnobotanical market survey of wild medicinal and edible plants in Longling, Yunnan, China Wei Fang, Kunming Institute of Botany, China
13:30-13:40 Crop Diversity and its importance – Case study from Changlang district Diana Ethel Amonge
GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, India
13:40-13:50 Cryptic species diversification of the Pedicularis siphonantha complex (Orobanchaceae) in the Mountains of Southwest China since the Pliocene Rong Liu/ Wen-Bin Yu
Center for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
13:50- 14:00 A study on the medicinal plants used by Kachin people in Northern Myanmar Pyae Phyo Hein
Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
14:00- 14:05 Video break
14:05-14:15 Native orchid diversity of Northern Myanmar, Its conservation and research activities Saw Lwin
Myanmar Floriculturist Association
14:15-14:25 Orchids of Changlang District, India K. Chowlu
Botanical Survey of India
14:25-14:35 Darwin Wasp inventory of the Eastern Himalaya: 5,000 species ahead? Alexey Reshchikov
Institute of Eastern-Himalaya Biodiversity Research, Dali University
14:35-14:45 Mammalian diversity and distribution of Namdapha Tiger Reserve with respect to its conservation issues Tajum Yomcha
Department of Forestry, NERIST
14:45-14:55 Q&A session
14:55-15:05 Summary Mahendra S. Lodhi
GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, India
15:05-15:10 Break

Expert Talk: Knowledge Gaps and future research priorities

Moderated by: Nakul Chettri
15:10-15:55 Panel discussion Yang Xuefei
Professor, Kunming Institute of Botany Chinese Academy of Sciences (KIB-CAS), ChinaPyi Soe Aung
Freshwater Programme and Policy Manager
WWF-MyanmarNgwe Lwin
Acting Country Director at Fauna & Flora International, Myanmar Programme Bahan Township, MyanmarMahendra S. Lodhi
GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, India
15:55-16:10 Q&A session
16:10-16:20 Summary Nakul Chettri, ICIMOD
16:20- 16:30 Closing and way forward Yi Shaoliang, ICIMOD
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