Plant Diversity 2017, 39(2) 65-72 DOI:   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pld.2016.12.003  ISSN: 2096-2703 CN: 53-1233

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Alan Hamilton*
Shengji Pei
Lixin Yang
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Article by Alan Hamilton*
Article by Shengji Pei
Article by Lixin Yang

Botanical aspects of eco-civilisation construction

Alan Hamilton*, Shengji Pei, Lixin Yang

Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 132 Lanhei Road, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, China

Abstract

The concept of eco-civilisation refers to the need for human affairs to be contained within the limits set
by nature. Plants play such fundamental roles in the functioning of ecosystems and economies that due
attention must be given to them for eco-civilisation to be achieved. Species are the basic functional units
of the plant world and, taking a long term perspective, their conservation with their genetic diversity
should be a primary objective in eco-civilisation construction. However, standard procedures used for
plant conservation have met with only limited success. Therefore, plant conservationists need social
allies to boost their efforts e referring to elements of society whose primary interests in eco-civilisation
construction are different, but whose efforts, if successful, will bring bene?ts to plant conservation too.
Potential allies can be identi?ed using an ecosystem system services framework showing how bene?ts
received from the delivery of ecosystem services overlap with those that favour conservation of plant
diversity. The concept of eco-civilisation was adopted of?cially in China in 2014 as a principle guiding its
future development. A project at Ludian, Yunnan Province, is used to show the relationships between an
ecosystem services framework and a conservation initiative.

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Received 2016-10-09 Revised 2016-12-13 Online:  
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pld.2016.12.003
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