PSA Biodiversity Working Group

Dr. Allen Allison
Vice President for Science
The Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu , Hawaii 96817 USA
FAX (808) 847-8252

Botany and Biodiversity Division
Prof. Chang-Hung Chou
Research Center for Biodiversity
China Medical University
No.91 Hsueh-Shih Road
Taichung 40402

During the period of 2008-2011, the Task Force Committee of Biodiversity and the Scientific Committee of
Botany for the Pacific Science Association chaired by Prof. Chang-Hung Chou had actively engaged in
promoting scientific activities by holding two international symposia, namely, 2008 International Symposium on Global Mountain Biodiversity, which was held on 7-10 June, 2008 and Darwin 200: International Symposium
on Global Biodiversity, Haman Health and Well-Being held on December 3-9, 2009. Both were held at the China
Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.

As Vice President of PSA, Dr. Chou now oversees all PSA Working Groups.

Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Information Transect (PABITRA)
Dr. Curt Daehler
c/o Department of Botany
University of Hawaii
3190 Maile Way
Honolulu , Hawaii 96822 , USA

The acronym PABITRA stands for Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Transect. PABITRA is a flexible design of a transect system that connects a number of island areas in the tropical Pacific (i.e. Oceania) into a network of sites as living landscapes. The sites include upland/inland forests, agro-ecosystems, and coastal habitats with coral reefs, which on islands are close together and interconnected by a number of physical and social parameters. PABITRA is also a network of people concerned with the conservation of island ecosystems and their sustainable production and services. PABITRA is organized and coordinated by a group of scientists with a strong interest in conservation. It is a program of the Pacific Science Association (PSA) Ecosystem Division in the Task Force of Biodiversity (TFB). A manual was prepared to fill a gap of explaining ecological methodology for biodiversity assessment in island ecosystems. The network responds to a call by the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (ratified in Rio de Janeiro, 1992) for 1) the development of methods for systematic sampling and monitoring of the biological diversity in terrestrial, aquatic, coastal and marine ecosystems and 2) the participation of local and indigenous peoples in this endeavor. To address these needs a manual was prepared to explain ecological methodology for biodiversity assessment in island ecosystems and capacity building workshops organized in PABITRA Pacific Island nations.

Long-term PABITRA Goals
PABITRA's long-term goals coincide with those of the Pacific Science Association:
1) to promote cooperation and communication in science; in the PABITRA network specifically applicable to biodiversity science;

2) to review common scientific concerns; in the PABITRA network specifically applicable to the ecology of landscape change and ecosystem disturbances in Oceania;

3) to strengthen the bonds among Pacific peoples; in the PABITRA network specifically to involve indigenous islanders in the program.


Pacific Science Association

Resolutions Concerning Biodiversity in the Pacific Region

Please click here to view the Official Resolutions from the 21st Pacific Science Congress in Okinawa, Japan (2007).

Please click here to view the Official Resolutions from the 11st Pacific Science Inter-Congress in Tahiti, French Polynesia (2009)..

Please click here to view the Official Resolutions from the 22nd Pacific Science Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2011).

Please click here to view the Official Resolutions from the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress in Suva, Fiji (2013).