Orchid Specialist Group - Asia Region.

The Asia branch of the Orchid Specialist Group is a network of individuals and organisations based in (or with an interest in) one of the countries or territories of the region (Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Philippines, People’s Republic of China, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam) who actively dedicate their time and technical expertise towards improved understanding of Asia’s native orchids and the practical means by which their conservation status may be ameliorated.

Our members include scientists, government officers, business people, land managers and non-professional experts who together strive to achieve the vision of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, namely, “A world that values and conserves present levels of biodiversity”.

We recognise the significant impacts the prevailing threats of the region have on native orchid populations - in particular, the degradation and fragmentation of orchid habitats associated with urbanisation and the expansion of agriculture and plantation forestry, and the targeted collection of wild orchids to supply the horticultural and medicinal plant trades.

As for other regional orchid specialist groups, our mission is to assist in international efforts to conserve plant diversity, by providing technical support and encouragement for the development and execution of programmes to study, document, save, restore and manage orchids and their habitats.

We apply multidisciplinary, scientific approaches to better understand the ecological requirements of native orchids, to assess their status in the wild and quantify their risk of extinction. Using data obtained through these approaches, we prioritise species and habitats for protection and recovery, and we seek innovative ways to engage, educate and work with stakeholders to dissipate threats and avert the extinction of orchids and their composite populations.