PROSEA, Introduction

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Prosea, short for "Plant Resources of South-East Asia”, is an international programme focused on South-East Asia. Its purpose is to make available the wealth of dispersed knowledge on plant resources for education, extension, research and industry through a computerized data bank and an illustrated multivolume handbook. A thorough knowledge of plant resources is essential for human life and plays a key role in ecologically balanced land-use systems. Extensive information on the plants growing in the region is needed to enable the plant resources of each country to be used optimally. A large international team of experts is preparing the texts on particular species or genera, which are being published in commodity groups. All taxa are treated in a similar manner with details on uses, botany, ecology, agronomy or silviculture, genetic resources, breeding, prospects and literature.

The duplication of PROSEA on Pl@ntUse, on behalf of PROW (Plant Resources of the World), has been done with permission of the PROSEA Association.


Plant Resources of South-East Asia is a multivolume handbook that aims to summarize knowledge about useful plants for workers in education, research, extension and industry. The following institutions are responsible for the coordination of the Prosea Programme and the Handbook:

  • Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Karung Berkunci 201, Jalan FRIM, Kepong, 52109 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Sasana Widya Sarwono, Jalan Gatot Subroto 10, Jakarta 12710, Indonesia
  • Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (IEBR), Hoang Quoc Viet Road, Cau Giay, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Papua New Guinea University of Technology (UNITECH), Private Mail Bag, Lae 411, Papua New Guinea
  • Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), Los Baños, Laguna, the Philippines
  • Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR), 196 Phahonyothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
  • Wageningen Agricultural University (WAU), Costerweg 50, 6701 BH Wageningen, the Netherlands

In addition to the financial support of the above-mentioned coordinating institutions, this book has been made possible through the general financial support to Prosea by:

  • the Department of International Development Cooperation (DIDC), Finland
  • the Commission of the European Union, DG-I Programme "Tropical Forests”, Brussels, Belgium
  • the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries
  • the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS)
  • the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
  • "Yayasan Sarana Wanajaya”, Indonesia
  • the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry
  • Glaxo Wellcome

Introduction to published volumes

Read also Introduction to PROSEA on Pl@ntUse.


  • Flora Kita "Our flora", in Indonesian. An extraction of data from PROSEA.