In the Bulletin of 1986 (p. 281) the revival of the PROSEA Project has been announced. Some more information on its background and progress seems in order. Historical background. In the field of plant resources of SE. Asia there are no other publications giving such thorough and comprehensive information than K. HEYNE’s ’De nuttige planten van Nederlandsch-Indie’ (1927), and I.H. BURKILL’s ’A dictionary of the economic products of the Malay Peninsula’ (1935). (For India there is the many-volumed ’Wealth of India’, which presently is being updated. Ed.). The reprint of both voluminous and outdated books in 1950 (as ’De nuttige planten van Indonesie’) and 1966, respectively, proves that there is definitely a need for such information.