Welcome to BGCI Africa
Promoting and supporting the work of botanic gardens across Africa
|Covering over 29 million square kilometres; Africa is rich in diversity of habitats, species and cultures. Vegetation types include: true desert, dry bushland, wooded grassland, rain forest and alpine desert. It is estimated that Africa has approximately between 40-45,000 species of plants, with a high level of endemism (77-87%), many of which have global importance for their medicinal, food and horticultural value.|
Over 130 botanic gardens are thought to exist in Africa today, from the oldest in Durban to gardens being established today, and from large gardens such as Kirstenbosch (Cape Town) to small gardens run by one or two dedicated staff.
In 2002, BGCI helped establish, and continues to support, the African Botanic Gardens Network (ABGN) in order to strengthen and support botanic gardens throughout Africa.