ECO-SEA: The Ethnobotanical Conservation Organization for South East Asia
Partner Institutions
Flora Malesiana
Flora Malesiana

The Flora Malesiana Project is a cooperative scientific effort to systematically document the flora contained in the taxonomic region of Southeast Asia known as Malesia Every three years Flora Malesiana holds a symposium. At the Flora Malesiana V meeting in Sydney (2001), ECO-SEA and the Tado community participated in the first Ethnobotany Session, organized by our Australian colleagues. For the Flora Malesiana VI (FM VI) meetings, held in Los Banos, Philippines on September 20-24, 2004, ECO-SEA is a co-sponsor of the second Ethnobotany Session described at the FM VI website, Flora Malesiana VI .


IIn 2006, ECO-SEA signed an MOU with the Indonesian Network for Ecotourism, headed by Ary Suhandi. Established in 1995, INDECON has over 300 affiliates from the public and private sectors in its archipelago-wide network. INDECON and ECO-SEA are working with the Tado Community of Flores Island to establish the first community-based and community-managed ecotourism site in East Nusa Tenggara. Based on seven years of community-led ethnobiological, anthropological, and historical research, the Tado ecotourism program will help conserve the biocultural diversity of Tado ancestral lands and indigenous Tado culture.

  One Heart Many Rhythms

IOur newest collaborative partner is the non-profit One Heart Many Rhythms. OHMR works in partnership with first peoples of the world to conserve and express the traditions of their cultures through educational assistance, cultural conservation, and community capacity building. OHMR believes that all peoples of the world are precious resources, all ways of life are worthy of preserving, and all ways of knowing add value to our well being. OHMR’s vision is ” We are all connected. The way we express ourselves is unique. We are of one heart beating with many different rhythms. It is in our diversity that we can create unity.”

  International Society of Ethnobiology

International Society for Ethnobiology was founded in 1988 with their first annual international congress. In 2006, ECO-SEA and four Indonesian associates will present the results of our collaborative biocultural diversity research at the Tenth Annual International Congress of Ethnobiology (ICE 2006) in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Prior to the ICE 2006 Congress, ECO-SEA and our associates will be participating in a special Pre-Congress Ethics Workshop, sponsored by the Global Coalition and The Christensen Fund.

  Society of Ethnobiology
Society of Ethnobiology

In 2004 ECO-SEA co-sponsored the 27th Annual Meeting for Society of Ethnobiology at UC Davis, a three-day conference attended by First Nations representatives, academicians, ethnobiologists, restoration ecologists, environmentalists, watershed planners, practitioners and international scholars. ECO-SEA and conference committee members worked to achieve an equal participation of indigenous representatives in conference sessions, a historic first for the U.S.-based Society of Ethnobiology, a sister organization to the International Society of Ethnobiology. ECO-SEA will present part of our gender-focused ethnoecological research at the 2004 International Society of Ethnobiology meetings, to be held at the University of Canterbury, Kent, UK.

Society of Economic Botany
Society of Economic Botany

The Society of Economic Botany is one of the oldest ethnobotanical societies in the United States, an organization closely related to, but distinct from, the Society of Ethnobiology. Reports on ECO-SEA field projects will be published in forthcoming issues of the Society journal, a portion of which can be accessed electronically at Society of Economic Botany

Botanic Gardens Conservation International

ECO-SEA has collaborated with BGCI in the past on a Darwin Initiative for Survival of Species project on botanic gardens collections inventory and database management. ECO-SEA presently works with BGCI to promote institutional and individual implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity by participating in international conferences and translations of key documents for host country nationals. Visit BGCI....

American Association of Botanic Gardens and Arboreta

At AABGA's most recent annual conference, ECO-SEA organized a panel session on Bringing the Convention on Biological Diversity to Life in Botanic Gardens. ECO-SEA promotes twinning, or partner relationships between botanic gardens in the Northern and Southern hemispheres, and facilitates connections between researchers within and outside SE Asia. Visit AABGA....

Kebun Raya Indonesia (Indonesian Botanic Gardens)
Kebun Raya Indonesia

In addition to sponsoring the Director of Eka Karya Bali Botanic Gardens on a study tour to Northern California academic, research and botanical institutions and nature reserves, ECO-SEA has facilitated the donation of botanic texts and photographic equipment to the Bali Botanic Gardens. This summer ECO-SEA will sponsor two Bali Botanic Gardens research and collections staff on a field survey to Western Flores. Visit KRI....

Indonesian Network for Plant Conservation
Indonesian Network for Plant Conservation

During ECO-SEA's previous incarnation as the Indonesian Network for Plant Conservation - USA Branch, we facilitated the attendance of Indonesian researchers at international and national conferences, coordinated training seminars and workshops, reorganized the Bogor Informal Conservation Meeting series and co-published conservation texts. Visit INetPC....

Herbarium Bogoriense - Research Center for Biology (LIPI)

ECO-SEA is in the process of developing a collaborative research project with the Herbarium Bogoriense which will involve contributions of voucher specimens to the Herbarium, donation of botanical texts, and potential sponsorship of Herbarium researchers on field expeditions. Visit LIPI....

Strybing Arboretum Society (San Francisco)
Strybing Arboretum

Together with Strybing, ECO-SEA co-sponsored the first visit of a Balinese ethnobotanist to the Strybing Arboretum, the University of California at Davis and the UC-Berkeley Botanic Gardens to give a series of ethnobotanical presentations on traditional Balinese plant use. ECO-SEA facilitates exchange visits between Strybing staff and Indonesian Botanic Garden staff for training and collection purposes. Visit Strybing....

U. C. Davis Botanical Conservatory
U.C. Davis Botanical Conservatory

As part of the Conservatory's emphasis on education, ECO-SEA co-sponsors university interns with the Conservatory and has provided the Conservatory with an ethnobotanical interpretive kit for SE Asian plant species. ECO-SEA facilitated a conservation audit of the Conservatory's SE Asian collections and is in the process of increasing the representation of rare and threatened SE Asian flora in the collections. Visit UCD Conservatory....

University Research Expedition Programs

ECO-SEA's Executive Director is leading UREP's first field expedition to Indonesia this summer. Under UREP sponsorship, ECO-SEA has promoted cross-cultural ecotourism exchanges between American visitors and indigenous communities on Bali, Lombok and Flores and the donation of educational materials to local schools in Western Flores. Visit UREP....

U. C. Davis Bohart Museum
Bohart Museum

ECO-SEA is covering the field costs of a Bohart Research Associate to conduct ethnobiological and entomological field surveys in Eastern Indonesia. In the future, ECO-SEA intends to collaborate with Bohart on co-sponsoring SE Asian researchers on collecting expeditions and training projects. Visit The Bohart....

Corporate Sponsors
Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines

The premiere airline carrier for Southeast Asia, Singapore Airlines has assisted ECO-SEA since 2001 by providing logistical and in-kind support for our programs in institutional capacity building and ethnoecological research in Indonesia and The Philippines. Visit Singapore Airlines.