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and what we
make from biodiversity:
A concept of the TianZi Biodiversity Research & Development Centre
in response to environmental destruction and climatic change
Never in human history have destructive forces against nature been faster
and more irreversible than during this century. Hence, responses that
cope with the speed of development, and which try to save biodiversity
and ecosystem functions need to be even faster.
The TianZi Biodiversity Centre, situated in one of the fastest changing
environments – the newly developing area of the Greater Mekong
Region, including Yunnan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand
– is adapting speedy strategies to balance environmental losses.
As economic forces have proven to be stronger than national policies
and laws, the TianZi Biodiversity Centre is attempting to create such
economic power in order to design and implement novel land use systems,
which favor the domestication and production of endangered species in
re-established rain forest habitats.
We, at the Biodiversity Centre, will be glad to invite you and your
company to join our efforts and to benefit from our strategy.
Our strategic plan to produce biodiversity and protect vital ecosystem
functions includes the following activities:
Co-operating with local communities and local Governments
A legally and socially supportive environment is an important pre-condition
for success. This is particularly true for novel concepts, which require
acceptance by village communities and approval from authorities. Fair
share arrangements are essential components to convince traditional
farmers that new ways of production and processing will be beneficial
to their economy.
Producing and processing commercially viable quantities in cooperation
with trade and industry
Small is beautiful but no longer the most powerful answer to quantitative
changes as we experience them today. Endangered plant species need to
be pulled out of their status as rare individuals. Domestication and
large-scale production ensure their survival more than national parks.
Parks are increasingly vulnerable to the growing pressure on their dwindling
resources. The more rare a species, the higher is its price on the market;
this considering, endangered species can no longer be saved efficiently
by keeping them in reservoirs.
Finding a use for every species
The experience we made since the foundation of the TianZi Biodiversity
Centre is that for every species we can find a use that is of interest
to industry. It is just a matter of studying systematically all options
from horticulture to medicine and even finding new industries for new
As a matter of principal, at TianZi we concentrate on plants for economic
uses. Animals are part of the entire food-web of our land-use systems
and are needed as pollinators, predators, and decomposers.
Designing close-to-nature land-use systems
To avoid the simplification and consequent environmental disasters of
conventional farming, we are designing new land-use systems, which combine
forestry with agriculture. These systems are developed since 1992 starting
in The Philippines under the technical term “RAINFORESTATION FARMING”.
Today they are successfully introduced to more South East Asian countries.
The TianZi Biodiversity Centre is adapting the Rainforestation farming
technology to local conditions. Rainforestation farming combines biodiversity
protection with production and ensures the maintenance of ecosystem
Of course in our Rainforestation farms no agro-chemicals are permitted
and our products receive a TianZi seal certifying that they contribute
to biodiversity protection.
Linking to like-minded people world wide
We know we are not alone in our effort to change the development of
our planet toward a more nature friendly path. We also know we need
joint efforts with individuals as well as with institutions and companies.
Therefore, we offer arrangements from scientific cooperation to sustainable
tourism, trade and contract growing of rare crops.
Our projects are designed to offer new forms of partnership.
Presently, the TianZi Biodiversity Centre is establishing a 6 square
kilometer mountain farm in the tropical rain forest area of South Yunnan.
The farm is designed to become China’s first RAINFORESTATION FARM.
It is envisioned that this large demonstration site will convince farmers
and the Government to re-convert part of the dramatically extended rubber
plantations and tea estates into Rainforestation farms. The concept
will also contribute to the ADB Project on Biodiversity Corridors, particularly
where conventional farmland is situated in the corridors. Universities
from Germany are assisting in data generation and modeling for informed
decision taking by authorities and managers.
The following sub-projects are part of the overall design. May we please
invite you to take a look and – in case any item is within your
reach or interest – contact us for possible co-operation:
Rainforestation farm establishment
The basic work in producing biodiversity is establishing our still very
un-conventional type of farm, which resembles in its species composition
and structure the natural vegetation of the area. This requires knowledge
about the light and shade requirement of plants, about pollination mechanisms,
and about microhabitats and their microclimate and soil conditions.
A vegetation analysis and survey of the existing fauna needs to define
the area at the start, so that there is a scientific reference point
for later changes.
Nursery construction and tree planting
Local tree species, which are part of the natural ecosystem and useful
trees are propagated and planted in dense clusters.
Energy used in the entire Rainforestation farm is to be generated through
environment friendly technology using solar and wind power.
Contract growing of rare crops
Industry in need of specific crops may approach us for growing in accordance
with their needs.
Some plants, particularly for horticultural purposes, are exhibiting
specially attractive looks when crossbred within closely related species.
We have produced marvelous hybrids in orchids and wild bananas.
Our Rainforestation farm has never seen agro-chemicals and it is our
policy to not use any. Certification will proof that our products are
free from pollutants. The sub-projects are elaborated on our web-page,
which gives cost estimates and explains cooperation options in detail.
Thank you for your interest. We are looking forward to a partnership
for mutual interest and for making a difference in a global production
and processing chain.
Your TianZi Team
Jinghong, July 2007
design : water
amphibia : reptilia
: panda : takin
ecotourism : Xishuangbanna
: Shangrila : Yunnan
books : Buddhist
flowers : consulting :
science of ecology : medicine
bananas : ginger
: herbs : orchids
: trees : succulents
: lianas :
Gabrielle's traditional motive Chinese
jewelry : Wu Jialin's black and
rain forests : river
banks of the Mekong : pools : sacred
forests : sinter
terraces : chili growing
AIDS/HIV : asthma
: acne :
herpes : hepatitis
: cancer : diabetes
: health tea : malaria
: Puer tea : orchid
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