Rapid Biological Inventories: Results from the Field: China 04

07: China: Yunnan Southern Gaoligongshan

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Editors: Douglas F. Stotz, Emily J. Harris, Debra K. Moskovits, Ken Hao, Shaoliang Yi, and Gerald W. Adelmann

Design: Costello Communications, Chicago

Cover Photograph: H. Bradley Shaffer

Translations: Shaoliang Yi, He Xinyuan, Pi Ying, Jun Wen, and Ken Hao

Web Design and Development: Allyson Meyer, Sergio Rabiela, Ryan Peters, and Asha Patel

Funding: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Center for United States-China Arts Exchange, and The Field Museum.

Website funding: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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Since 1990, Professor Chou Wen-chung, Founder and Director, Center for United States-China Arts Exchange and Fritz Reiner Professor Emeritus of Musical Composition, Columbia University, has provided unwavering vision for conservation in Yunnan province. His leadership built the foundation for these rapid biological and social inventories in Yunnan, and continues to set the stage for conserving and reinvigorating Yunnan’s indigenous resources.

Working with Professor Chou to lead the Yunnan Initiative are Gu Poping, Director of the Yunnan Association of Social Sciences, who has opened the door for international collaboration in Yunnan, and Professor Fan Jianhua, General Office Yunnan Provincial Committee. Professor Fan’s incomparable knowledge of the people, cultures and history of Yunnan, his boundless energy, and the respect he commands, make him the linchpin of the Yunnan Initiative.

The Gaoligongshan rapid inventory teams received invaluable support from Mr. Yang Wenhu, Director, Department of Information and Publicity, Baoshan Municipality, Yunnan Province. He provided indispensable municipal support, and organized and participated in the Gaoligongshan Rapid Inventory Findings Briefing Conference.

Professor Yang Yuming, Vice President and Professor, Southwest Forestry College provided unparalleled knowledge of the botany of Gaoligongshan. His recognition of the importance of international cultural and scientific collaboration made him the ideal person to lead the Chinese participants, including many of his junior academic colleagues and graduate students.

Professor Wu Deyou, Southwest Forestry College, took up the unenviable but essential task of overseeing the organization and preparation of the Southwest Forest College rapid inventory teams. His careful and meticulous planning made the collaborative inventory proceed as planned under trying field conditions.

Professor Guo Huijun, Deputy Director, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens, is one of the top international experts in the conservation and botany of Yunnan. His briefing to the American teams on Yunnan and Gaoligongshan was invaluable.

Mr. Li Zhengbo, Deputy Director, Yunnan Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve, provided tremendous assistance with logistics. We thank Mr. Li and all local park managers for sharing their deep knowledge of the region with all of us. All Chinese scientists were extraordinarily gracious and forgiving of the lack of Chinese language skills in their U.S. counterparts. Dr. Jun Wen was extremely generous with translations and constant problem solving.

Bringing the Field Museum into the Yunnan initiative would not have happened without the leadership of John W. McCarter Jr., who made an initial exploratory visit and continues to provide enthusiastic support.

Alaka Wali, Director of The Field Museum’s Center for Cultural Understanding and Change, made it possible for the social asset inventory to take place, both financially and thanks to her pioneering research. She contributed her expertise from conducting research of this kind in South America and Illinois by advising the Baihualing Village study team.

Robin Groesbeck of The Field Museum provided helpful advice on possible exhibition ideas and curator Ben Bronson advised on possible exhibitions and research. International heritage tourism expert Cheryl Hargrove, of the Heritage, Tourism and Communications (HTC) Group, provided important guidance and advice to the team.

Thanks to the support and leadership of Philip Enquist, AIA, Skidmore Owings & Merrill provided invaluable pro bono services to recommend a design concept for an ecologically sensitive lodge and visitor center.

Funding for these rapid inventories came from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Center for United States-China Arts Exchange, and The Field Museum.

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