Welcome to GAN

Recent events

  • GAN web site goes live...you're looking at it! [2015-01-12]
  • 7th Symposium on the Zingiberaceae site goes live (click logo above) [2015-01-12]

During the August 15-16, 2014 Regional Network Meeting of SE Asian Botanic Gardens (theme “ZINGIBERACEAE in Southeast Asia”, more about the meeting can be seen here) held at Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Chiang Mai, THAILAND it was resolved that a network of parties in Asia with interests in Gingers (Zingiberaceae) be established.

This web site and logo represent the start of these activities and we hope to bring more in the future.

If you don’t like the logo and can provide a better one let us know and we will consider it.

One alternative we are considering can be seen to the right, with a selection here

GAN can be contacted about logos or any other ideas by email to gangingers4life@gmail.com

Goals of the Ginger Asian Network

  1. Encourage and enhance information exchange and cooperation, including education, research, conservation, management, and sustainable utilization, by botanic gardens and related institutions working with taxa of the Zingiberaceae, including holders of indigenous knowledge.
  2. Assist in the implementation of the targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) formulated to assist botanic gardens and related institutions;
  3. Assist plant conservation efforts in South East Asia and East Asia (South Asia) through information exchange, technology transfer, and collaborative projects, including staff training and exchange.

Membership of the Network

Should include botanic gardens and related groups from all countries where taxa of the Zingiberaceae occur naturally in Asia. These would include research institutions, botanic gardens, NGOs, indigenous peoples, traditional herbalists, pharmaceutical companies, horticultural nurseries, universities and government bodies, e.g., ministries of environment and forestry.

Each group/institution who is a member of the Network should have a representative who can assist with networking of other Network members. Responsibilities to include encouraging communication between members in the country, facilitation of international communication and submission of updates and photos to the Network website.

Meetings and communication

Meetings face to face for networking are valuable, and should be held whenever funding is available. Meetings of the Network can be planned in conjunction with whatever ginger (or other) meeting is occurring.

A website and discussion forum for the Network will be established. The host/administrator will be Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens. This website will help to support the aims and purposes of the Network outlined above.

National focal points

Countries represented at the meeting and the nominated national contact persons are:

  1. Cambodia — no nominee
  2. China — no nominee
  3. Indonesia — no nominee
  4. Japan — no nominee
  5. Lao PDR — Keooudone Souvannakhoummane, Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden
  6. Malaysia — Sam Yen Yen, FRIM
  7. Myanmar— Saw Lwin, MFA
  8. Phillipines — Manuel Castillo, Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems
  9. Singapore — no nominee
  10. Thailand — Robert Cunningham, Queen Sirkit Botanic Garden
  11. Vietnam — no nominee

Our activities

Coming activities

7th International Symposium on the Family Zingiberaceae

GAN is associated, principally through the activities of QSBG, with the upcoming 7th International Symposium on the Family Zingiberaceae which will be held in Thailand in August 2015. Click on the symposium logo to learn more.

Logos galore!

We are seeking the “perfect logo”. Can you help? In addition to the one we are using now we have some others to chose from. Let us know what you think. If you have a better one let us see it.

Other ideas

We hope to slowly develop many ideas we have for GAN and we hope to shortly post a list of initial ideas here (after receiving some initial feedback on this start). Feel free to share any ideas you have.

Past activities

Regional Network Meeting “ZINGIBERACEAE in Southeast Asia”

Zingiberaceae are widely distributed throughout the tropics, particularly in Southeast Asia. They’ve been used as ornamentals, food flavoring, and in medicinal preparation in Southeast Asian countries for as long as their cultures were recorded.

This meeting provided a platform for botanists, researchers, horticulturists and the business sector in Southeast Asia to share knowledge and information, and to promote cooperation in research and development regarding the great potential of ginger utilization and conservation. Forty representatives from 11 countries attended this meeting.

The meeting also provided an opportunity for Southeast Asian Botanic Gardens to develop better network relationships dealing with the Zingiberaceae in Asia, GAN being an outcome of this.

Meeting programme

The meeting programme can be seen here.

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Participant list

Name Agency Country
Nin Chansamean APSARA Authority, Department of Forestry Cultural Landscape and Environment Management CAMBODIA
Chhor Thanath APSARA Authority, Department of Forestry Cultural Landscape and Environment Management CAMBODIA
Qing-Jun Li Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Menglun Town, Mengla County, Yunnan 666303 CHINA
Didik Widyatmoko Bogor Botanic Gardens, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda 13 Bogor 16003 INDONESIA
Yumiko Baba Makino Botanical Garden, 4200-6 Godaisan, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture 781-8125 JAPAN
Rik Gadella Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden, P.O. Box 959, 06000 Luang Prabang LAO PDR
Kittisack Phoutthavong Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden, P.O. Box 959, 06000 Luang Prabang LAO PDR
Keooudone Souvannakhoummane Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden, P.O. Box 959, 06000 Luang Prabang LAO PDR
Sam Yen Yen Forest Research Institute Malaysia, 52109, Kepong, Selangor MALAYSIA
Yi Yi Han Forest Research Institute, Forest Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Zeyar Thiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw MYANMAR
Saw Lwin Myanmar Floriculturist Association, People’s Square & People’s Park, Ahlone Road, Dagon Township, Dagon Post Office 11191, Yangon MYANMAR
Nathaniel C. Bantayan Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems, Makiling Road, Forestry Campus, College Laguna 4030 PHILIPPINES
Manuel L. Castillo Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems, Makiling Road, Forestry Campus, College Laguna 4030 PHILIPPINES
Bian Tan   SINGAPORE
Boonphee Banvorn The Botanical Garden Organization, Advisory Board THAILAND
Suree Bhumibhamon The Botanical Garden Organization, Advisory Board THAILAND
Tanit Changthavorn The Botanical Garden Organization, Advisory Board THAILAND
Por Punyaratabandhu The Botanical Garden Organization, Advisory Board THAILAND
Pramook Benyasut The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Chatthong Chuachan The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Robert Cunningham The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Paradorn Homyam The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Phailin Kantha The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Charun Maknoi The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Ratchada Pongsatayapipat The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Rik Rice The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Supaporn Rodpradit The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Patavee Sangchai The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Sawitree Sasrirat The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Thapanee Songyoo The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Prachaya Srisanga The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Piyakaset Suksathan The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Ratchuporn Suksathan The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Suyanee Vessabutr The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Santi Watthana The Botanical Garden Organization, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden THAILAND
Ngoc Do Van Bidoup-Nuiba National Park, 5E Tran Hung Dao Street, Ward 10, Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province VIETNAM
Nguyen Quoc Huy Hanoi University of Pharmacy, 13-15 Le Thanh Tong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi VIETNAM
Tran Van On Hanoi University of Pharmacy, 13-15 Le Thanh Tong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi VIETNAM
Nguyen Manh Pha Hanoi University of Pharmacy, 13-15 Le Thanh Tong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi VIETNAM
Do Quyen Hanoi University of Pharmacy, 13-15 Le Thanh Tong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi VIETNAM
Nghiem Duc Trong Hanoi University of Pharmacy, 13-15 Le Thanh Tong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi VIETNAM
Pham Ha Thanh Tung Hanoi University of Pharmacy, 13-15 Le Thanh Tong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi VIETNAM


Presentations

Presentations from the meeting are available below

  1. “Gingers For Life”, Suyanee Vessabutr (The Botanical Garden Organization, Thailand)
  2. “Indonesia: Zingiberaceae Collection and Conservation in Bogor Botanic Garden: Challenge and Strategy”, Didik Widyatmoko (Bogor Botanic Gardens, Indonesia)
  3. “The Zingiberaceae of Malaysia: Diversity, Taxonomy and Utilization”, Sam Yen Yen (Forest Research Institute Malaysia, MALAYSIA)
  4. “Brief Information on Zingiberaceae of Myanmar”, Saw Lwin, (Myanmar Floriculturist Association, MYANMAR)
  5. “Diversity of Native Gingers in Thailand and Their Conservation”, Piyakaset Suksathan (Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Thailand)
  6. “Philippine Zingiberaceae: Ecology, Species Diversity, Their Uses” Manuel L. Castillo, XXX
  7. “The Conservation of Zingiberaceae in Lao PDR”, Keooudone Souvannakhoummane (Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden, LAO PDR)
  8. “Indigenous knowledge in using Zingiberaceae by local community in Bidoup-Nuiba National Park, Vietnam”, Do Van Ngoc (Bidoup-Nuiba National Park, VIETNAM)
  9. “Taxonomic Revision of Genus Zingiber Recorded in Myanmar”, Yi Yi Han (Forest Department, MYANMAR)
  10. “The Genus Curcuma L. in Thailand: Diversity and Conservation Status”, Charun Maknoi (Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Thailand)
  11. “Small Gingers Recorded Tectonic History of Himalayas”, Qing-Jun Li (Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CHINA)
  12. “Utility of ginger in Kochi”, Yumiko Baba (Makino Botanical Garden, Japan)
  13. “The regional meeting on Zingiberaceae in Southeast Asia Zingiberaceae of Cambodia”, Nin Chansamean (Department of Forestry Cultural Landscape and Environment Management, CAMBODIA)
  14. “Medicinal plants of Zingeraceae in Vietnam”, Tran Van On (Yen Tu Medicinal Plant Garden, VIETNAM)

Resources (docs and links)

No Title Host Institution URL date of last visit
1 The International Registration Authority for Cultivated Curcumas Singapore Botanic Garden https://www.sbg.org.sg/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=687&Itemid=250 2014-12-27
2 Zingiberaceae Resource Centre Edinburgh Botanic Garden http://elmer.rbge.org.uk/ZRC/ 2014-12-27
3 gingersonline facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/gingersonline/ [requires facebook login] 2014-12-27
4 GingersofIndia Department of Botany, University of Calicut http://gingersofindia.com/ 2015-03-04
5 Ginger Forum – GardenWeb GardenWeb http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/ginger/ 2015-03-04

Notes

  1. www.gingers4life.org for GAN
  2. see PDF registration FORM
  3. see RJC web outline

Author: The Botanical Garden, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand

Responsible Section: Sanga Sabhasri Research and Development Center (SSRC)

Thu Apr 2 14:12:29 2015