WWViews on Biodiversity
On Saturday September 15th 2012, thousands of people around the world will take part in a global event: “World Wide Views on Biodiversity”. The project will engage ordinary citizens in as many countries as possible in the process of policymaking and awareness raising to sustain a living and healthy planet. At least a hundred citizens in each participating country will attend day-long meetings to learn about biodiversity issues, make up their minds about them, and express their views. The meetings will start at dawn in the Pacific and continue until dusk in the Americas. All meetings will have the same agenda and use the same approach in order to make results comparable and useful for policymakers gathering the following month in India to discuss future policy measures for preserving biological diversity.

WWViews on Biodiversity in CHINA



The State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change (Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences) was developed from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)’ Open Laboratory for Vegetation Numerical Ecology, which was founded in November 1989. The lab entered the CAS’ key laboratory in 2002 and was renamed as the CAS’ Key Laboratory of Vegetation & Environmental Change in 2006. The lab was approved for construction as the state key laboratory in October, 2007.

The lab’s research areas are on vegetation and environmental change. Main research directions include the following five areas: multi-scale response of vegetation to environmental change, plant adaptive strategies to changing environments, mechanisms of biodiversity formation and conservation, control and optimization for vegetation structure and function, and vegetation pattern and dynamics.

At present, the lab conducts more than 150 projects including the National 973 Program for Basic Research and projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Since October 2007, the lab’s scientists have published a total of 259 research papers, including 153 cited by the SCI. The lab has made a series of achievements including the following: establishment of a sampling belt for detecting global change on forest-grassland in northeast China; understanding the mechanism of ecological stability in north China’s ecotonal communities between pasturelands and farming areas and, in addition, introducing a model for their adaptive management; establishment of a forest biodiversity monitoring network and initial revelation of biodiversity change and maintenance mechanism in sub-tropical forest ecosystems; interpretation of plants adaptive countermeasures and mechanisms in response to surrounding changes in arid and semi-arid areas; and compilation of the national vegetation charts (1:1000000). The lab is in an important status in research of bio-diversity and global change ecology. It plays a leading role in research of Chinese vegetation and vegetation charts and pastureland ecology.

The Laboratory is composed of 14 research groups, 10 field ecological stations, and seven sub-disciplinary labs. There are three national field research stations: National Research Station for Xilingol Grassland Ecosystems, National Research Station for Ordos Grassland Ecosystems and National Field Station for Forest Ecosystem in Shennongjia.

At present, there are 91 researchers and staffs at the lab, including two CAS members, five winners of the National Funds for Outstanding Youngsters, and seven researchers within the CAS-hosted One Hundred Talent Program. The lab currently has 170 graduate students.

The lab has established communication and collaboration with universities and organizations in more than 20 countries including USA, Germany, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, France, Netherlands etc. Many of the field ecological stations have playing an important part in science research, science popularization and summer camping about ecology conservation and bio-diversity.

With the support of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the affiliated institution, the Institute of Botany of the CAS, the lab will continue to make progress in its own research direction. The lab will take active part in research frontiers at the international stage and will organize major scientific research projects. The goal of the lab is to make important contributions to the disciplines and produce competent research teams and world-renowned scholars. The lab is making every effort to develop into a top-ranking lab in the international community.

State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change 

WWViews Venue

The citizen consultation on international biodiversity politics in CHINA will take place on September 15th at THE INSTITUTE OF BOTANY, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES in BEIJING.


20 Nanxincun, Xiangshan, Beijing 100093

The Biodiversity Committee of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Results from the WWViews meeting in China
Link to the results from China
Find more photos from the citizen meeting in China on Flickr
Recruitment strategy

How were potential participants found?
The notice of this WWViews event was put online at some internet forums. People got this information and registered with us. We also disseminated this news among friends to see if they can recommend persons who were eligible to participate.
How were the participants for the citizen meeting selected?
We chose participants by ages, area, ethnic minorities and took consideration of their education and occupation. We made a balanced list that could represent Chinese people all over China.

Information Material for Citizens

World Wide Views on Biodiversity – Information Material for Citizens – English (The Danish Board of Technology, June 2012)

World Wide Views on Biodiversity – Information Material for Citizens – Chinese


World Wide Views on Biodiversity – Information Videos for the Citizens – Chinese / 中文

1. 引言, 2. 陆地上的生物多样性, 3. 海洋里的生物多样性, 4. 责任与惠益共享

World Wide Views on Biodiversity – Information Videos for the Citizens – English

1. Introduction to biodiversity, 2. Biodiversity on land, 3. Biodiversity in the sea, 4. Burden and Benefit Sharing