ECO-SEA: The Ethnobotanical Conservation Organization for South East Asia
New Projects
Ethnobotanical Interpretive Kits
Jeanine presents ethnobotanical pretive kit

ECO-SEA has developed a fun and engaging kit for all age groups to demonstrate and highlight the complex botanical, ecological and cultural aspects of SE Asian flora. Consisting of a series of illustrated, laminated interpretive cards accompanied by preserved foods, spices, handicrafts, seeds and fruit replicas of the flora described on the cards, the kit is a hands-on introduction to plant species such as wild orchids, bamboo, palms and carnivorous plants. If your institution is interested in obtaining an ethnobotanical interpretive kit designed to include specific SE Asian plant species, contat our educational associates.

Minority Research Fellowships

ECO-SEA initiated our new fellowship grant program with the sponsorship of Mr. Selvanus Malufu, a member of the Dawam (West Timor) tribe undertaking ethnobotanical research in the Mt. Mutis Nature Reserve in collaboration with the East Nusa Tenggara Provincial Nature Conservation Unit (Ministry of Forestry). Mr. Malufu has initiated undergraduate studies at the Universitas Nusa Cendana in Kupang. ECO-SEA welcomes persons interested in sponsoring SE Asian minority students to contact our director: cost per academic semester ranges from USD $100 - $500.

University Research Expeditions

In addition to assisting with photo-documentation of ethnobotanical practices, participant-donors on ECO-SEA's first eco-tourist research expedition to Bali and Flores were treated to traditional ceremonies including Balinese dancing, Manggarai "whip dance" (pictured here) and welcoming rites in the villages visited. Expedition participants were hosted by the Bali Botanic Gardens, lived with community members, shopped at local markets, and visited Komodo and West Bali National Parks. Visit our page of links to learn more about The University of California Research Expedition Program (UREP).

Supplies & Equipment Donations

Following the contribution of scientific texts and photographic equipment to the Bali Botanic Gardens in 1998, this year ECO-SEA and UREP participants donated books, magazines, maps, and coloring and writing supplies to three local elementary schools in our research site. ECO-SEA has established a community library at the research site and in 2000 will be donating a typewriter, cameras, film, fruit posters and additional botanical texts and reference materials to the Kempo Manggarai and other indigenous communities in Western Flores. Individuals or corporations interested in donating tax-deductible materials to Southeast Asian institutions, organizations or communities are welcome to contact ECO-SEA.

Tado Handicraft Sales
mat weave

As part of our ongoing efforts to support local cultural practices and encourage the increasing independence of our counterparts in the Research and Educational Center for the Tado Clan (Pusat Penelitian dan Pendidikan Masyarakat Tado), we help market handmade products from Tado. ECO-SEA promotes village-level sustainable enterprises based on renewable resources like pandan (Pandanus sp.). 100% of the profits from handicraft sales directly benefit the Research and Educational Center. We offer a range of hand-made items for sale, including hand-roasted coffee and soybean (a delicious coffee alternative!), traditional woven table mats and runners,and a range of baskets, among other seasonal items. We sell the handicrafts each year at the UC Davis Whole Earth Festival (held over Mother's Day weekend) and the Davis Farmer's Market (during the Christmas shopping season). Individual inquiries can be directed to our office manager by fax or phone.