The DISCOVERY program of the WLBC links interested communities and partner countries to academic, government and commercial partners in natural products discovery. The Garden has long been a leader in developing ethical collecting agreements; local partners in international projects always have benefit-sharing agreements and receive up-front compensation from the funding source to support local capacity-building efforts.
Using phenology, traditional knowledge, and vegetation change, WLBC has climate research through the Himalayas in Bhutan, China, and Nepal.
Working with colleagues and communities around the world, we study and document the relationship between cultures, plant species, and ecosystems in order to inform education, conservation, and community-building efforts.
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