Wednesday, September 19, 2007

ISA HK/China --- China Tree News (Saving Dying Trees in Beijing & IPM China 2007)

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Dear Station Members,

Attached are two sets of recent Tree News from China :

1. Research to save dying Mature Trees in Beijing

It was reported that following heavy urbanization in Beijing, the health & growth of Mature Trees in the City have been seriously threatened. According to statistic, in the year 2005 alone, around 10, 000 no. of Mature Trees in Beijing have died. In the year 2006, in the famous Tian An Man Square, over 200 no. of Mature Pines also died off.

In view of such deteriorating situation for the Mature Tree planting in Beijing, the Beijing Institute of Landscape has begun their research on the decline of Mature Trees. It is said that their research will focus on environmental science, plant physiology, plant aging biology & plant protection. It is reported that such research will fill the vacuum in the studies of Mature Trees in the capital city of China.

In reality, this will be an excellent opportunity to sell ISA to Beijing in the eyes of this Station. However, this would mean sending someone knowledgeable enough in arboriculture, language, diplomacy & culture to stay in contact with Beijing, preferable up there to drink & party with them whenever on call. Beijing has also a tradition of protectionism & anyone outside Beijing can be considered as a foreigner. We also need to be careful about the true intention behind this message, whether the event was really aiming for fund rising only to save a Dept. In China after 1949, any outside influence would be labelled ' foreign intervention' if not welcomed or desired, & our brothers & sisters would not tell us on the face. Once shut away & black listed, it may require extra effort at senior level in the Govt to break the ice. We just have to play it their way to be invited rather.

China the Old Dragon is certainly not as easy to enter as some may think without better understanding of this land of 1.3 billion, under a socialist Govt running an apparently capitalistic economy.

2. IPM China 2007

Once again, this national event hosted by seniorities in the Chinese Govt appears to be a suitable spot for this Station to participate for promoting ISA & arboriculture over there. This event is held close to HK, just 50 miles away to our west. Language does not appear to be a problem & there are lots of Chinese landscapers attending this gathering. The cost for a 9 sqm booth is only USD 625 for a period of 3 days & logistics are available conveniently for participants.

However, on further enquiring about the event, it does not appear to have a seminar session in this important national gathering !! The participants are there only to sell their products in their own booth for passing customers. No education session or discussion will be available. It will be everyone for himself in the event. This IPM show appears to adopt the traditional China Market Place style of heckling & bargaining, & not really meant for promoting education or research.

The Station Manager has also enquired what if a Tree Climbing Demonstration can be arranged by us? Would IPM China consider to promote it? The answer is a definite 'yes', but we have to bring in our own tree. We also have to remove the tree after the show immediately at our own cost. The place for the demonstration will need to be arranged at an additional cost to us ...

Therefore, at such an important greenery show at national level in China, no education or demonstration session is made available to the participants. We can only sit there to wait for passing customers to enquire about ISA & tree care, & they are likely to ask us for brochures & catalogues for their future pirating. Hardly any of them will understand English & they would be most interested in prices rather than knowledge. To a lot of them, it is money that makes the world go round ...

Would this be the kind of Trade Show that we are prepared to go in at present?

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager


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