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The Future of International Botanical Research: possibilities and strategies for your International collaborations and research, especially in developing nations

Stevenson, Dennis Wm. [1].

International Collecting of Botanical Research Materials in the 21st Century.

For many approaches to botanical research, it is necessary to collect plant material in various forms ranging from living plants to herbarium specimens to anatomical, chemical, and/or DNA samples. These collections often involve importing the materials into the United States from various countries. This in turn involves permitting, both collecting and export permits from the countries of origin and import permits issued by the USDA as well as the CITES permits issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service when applicable. While permitting can be a shifting landscape, there are core procedures that can be followed to simplify things. Moreover, in the spirit of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), it is incumbent upon researchers in the modern age to behave not just legally but also ethically. Although some have considered the modern changes involving botanical field work to be odious, I would maintain that we all benefit by partnering with colleagues in other countries. In this presentation, the mechanics of permitting will be outlined, new phytosanitary regulations will be explained, compliance with the spirit of CBD will be highlighted, and CITES regulations will be reviewed. Basic understanding of these topics will result in more effective and efficient international collaborations with our colleagues. Also, attention will be given to import regulations for visitors coming to do research in the United States.


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1 - New York Botanical Garden, Institute of Systematic Botany, 200Th Street & Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York, 10458-5126, USA

Keywords:
import regulations
CITES
Convention Biological Diversity
phytosanitary regulations.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: S11
Location: 178/Law
Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM
Number: S11003
Abstract ID:489


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