Global Conservation Consortia (GCC) Workshops for Dipterocarps and Oaks of Brunei and Borneo.

In October and November 2021, Associate Professor Joeri Strijk of the Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER) and the Alliance for Conservation Tree Genomics (ACTG), led two online workshops on the identification of species in the Meranti family (Dipterocarpaceae) and species in the genus Quercus (Oaks, Fagaceae), which both represent major woody components of Bruneian and Bornean forests. The Dipterocarpaceae workshop consisted of four parts across three recordings, whereas the Oak session was recorded as one single workshop. Videos of the workshop presentations can be viewed online ( The Oak workshop recordings will be made available soon as well via the GCC resource pages (

The workshop series were organized by the Global Conservation Consortia for Dipterocarps (GCC-D) and Oaks (GCC-O), launched earlier this year by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), with the aim to accelerate effective conservation of global plant diversity for a set of unique plant families. Catalyzing groups of institutions and experts to collaboratively develop and implement comprehensive strategies to prevent extinction of priority threatened plant groups, the GCC’s primary objectives include coordinated in-situ and ex-situ conservation efforts and dissemination of species recovery knowledge. Assoc Prof Strijk serves as steering committee member for the GCC Dipterocarps, coordinating its efforts for Brunei and Borneo.

Text by: Associate Professor Joeri Strijk