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Partner organisations

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is one of the country’s foremost education and conservation charities. Founded in 1909 by Thomas Gillespie ‘to promote, facilitate and encourage the study of zoology and kindred subjects and to foster and develop amongst the people an interest in and knowledge of animal life’, these aims remain broadly similar a full century later. Education, research and conservation are at the core of RZSS, an independent Scottish charity, which owns and operates two of Scotland’s premier animal-based visitor attractions, Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park.
As part of the 10-year Giant Panda Loan Agreement the Royal Zoological Society Scotland (RZSS) has committed itself to develop a ‘Joint Laboratory’ with the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP), the scientific panda centre with the Wolong Nature Reserve.

Forest Research (FR)

Forest Research (FR) provides research services relevant to UK and international forestry interests and inform and support forestry’s contribution to UK governmental policies. Our core roles are to provide the evidence base for UK forestry practices and to support innovation. Our research, development and surveys address the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainable forestry in a multifunctional landscape, and focus on providing new knowledge and practical solutions based on high quality science. FR undertakes applied interdisciplinary research to support a forest landscape restoration including the development of an increasingly sophisticated range of models and tools for forest landscape policy-makers, planners and practitioners.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE)

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is an internationally renowned centre of excellence in plant biodiversity research and conservation. Recognising the fundamental role that biodiversity plays in underpinning ecosystem function and providing services critical to human life, RBGE's works is focussed on providing baseline data on plant and fungal biodiversity and taxonomy, understanding the evolutionary processes that give rise to biodiversity, and conserving biodiversity in the face of environmental change. This work combines scientific and horticultural expertise and takes place at all scales, from genes to landscape. A strong emphasis is also given to building capacity nationally and internationally RBGE has maintained a long and fruitful relationship with China, stretching back to the early 1800s. RBGE works closely with our twinned institution, the Kunming Institute of Botany, delivering scientific research programmes in Yunnan and post graduate education in China and Scotland. We have jointly established the Jade Dragon Field Station in Lijiang, and are a partner Editorial Centre for the international Flora of China project. In 2004 the Jade Dragon Field Station was declared as the UK's first Joint Scientific Laboratory in China.

The University of Edinburgh (UEDIN)

The University of Edinburgh (UEDIN) is one of the largest and most successful universities in the UK, with an international reputation as a centre of academic excellence. In June 2008 the Times Higher rated the university in the world top eight for Ecology and Environment research. Its international character is reflected in its student population, which comprises 24,500 students from over 120 different countries worldwide. It can also be found in its truly international staff as well as in its joint research with overseas universities, institutes, companies and governments. At present, it is envisaged that the main body of work on this project will be carried out within the Research Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment, although contributions from other departments is likely as the project develops. The institute provides scientific evidence and analyses that support policies for sustainable development in the fields of energy and climate, land and water use as well as international development. It is a hub for policy-related, interdisciplinary research and teaching within the School of Geosciences and the University of Edinburgh.