Under the initiative of Professor Pei
Shengji, the founder of Chinese ethnobotany, DR PLANT and the Yunnan Center for
B iological and Cultural Diversity jointly launched the “Alpine Plant
Protection” Project .The project aims to protect, inherit and develop national
bio-c ulturalresources, realize the sustainable use of bio-cultural resources,
and explore new methods and new ways of ecological civilization con struction in
(two national biology demonstration parks were established in manyuan village and ludian township of yunnan province, covering an area of 5590 mu.)
Two“ National Biocultural Demonstration Parks”were
established in Ludian Town, Yulong County, Lijiang City, Yunnan Province,and
Manyuan Village, Menghan Town,Jinghong City,Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province: by
effectively preserving the purity of wild plant seeds in the plant origin, it
is beneficial to genetically improve the seeds in the planting base. Therefore, the ethnobotanical team completed
the Research Report on Manyuan Demonstration Park of Menghan Town,Jinghong
City, Yunnan Province and the Research Report of Ludia Demonstration Park in
Yulong County, Lijiang City, Yunnan Province.
(before the renovation of the abandoned rubber garden in front of the buddhist temple in manyuan village)
(the derelict rubber garden in front of the buddhist temple in manyuan village has been transformed into a botanical garden for dai medicinal skincare)
(Plaques presented to demonstration households by Mr. Pei Sheng ji, Chairman of the Alpine Plant Protection Committee and Mr. Xie Yong, Vice Chairman)
Covering 2.8 square ki lometers, Manyuan Village
is one of the best preserved traditional Dai villages in China.The vill age
still retains the centuries-old tradition of “ Danlong festival”: all villagers
show their gratitude and take actions to protect the mountains through anc ientrituals
such as worshiping, closing mountains and tell ing myths and legends.
The project team selected five“Courtyard
Planting Demonstration Households”.They are provided with allocated funds each
year as well as guidance on how to plant and optimize the species. At present,
Manyuan Village is recovering and protecting 90 acres of the original e cological
environment. 200 abandoned rubber trees in front of the temple were cut off;
instead, medicinal plants for skin care were planted in 2018.
The week of May 16 every year marks the
“Alpine Plant Protectio n Week”and DR PLANT used part of its sales profits
earned to operate the project. Entrepreneurs, scientists, monks, educators, and
media from more than 30 cities in Laos, Thailand, and China have all parti
cipated in local biodiversity conservation activities.
In the“2017 Seeking China's Most Beautiful
Villages” campaign jointly aunched by the Ministry of Envi ronmental
Protection, the Mini stry of Agriculture, and the State Forestry
Administration, Manyuan Vil lage was selected as “China's T op Ten Most
Beautiful Villages”. In April 2018,Manyuan Village built the first Dai-style
hotel , which increased the employment and income of the village.