, Volume 9, Issue 3, p 237
Date: 11 Sep 2012

Welcome to Kunming!

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On behalf of the Steering Committee for the Fourth Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Health, I would like to dedicate this issue of EcoHealth to the conference.

China’s growth as a global economic power provides a critical backdrop to the Kunming conference. As we have grown and opened up our trade globally over the past four decades, we have seen first-hand the connectedness of environment, health and development. Our country has suffered outbreaks of newly emerging diseases such as SARS and H5N1 avian influenza. We have experienced drought and sometimes heavy pollution. And our population has continued to grow, putting pressure on social development and health programs.

Ecohealth research is conducted throughout the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) laboratories and institutes in China. Here at the Kunming Institute of Botany (CAS), we work on all aspects of ecohealth. We have improved crop plants, conducted biological surveys, and worked on differe