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African Botanic Gardens Network


The African Botanic Gardens Network (ABGN) was established in 2002 to promote and support the work of botanical gardens and associated institutions through education, conservation and sustainable use of plants for development, poverty alleviation and halting biodiversity loss.


African botanical gardens will be integral and valued partners in the conservation and sustainable use of Africa’s unique environmental, botanical and cultural heritage.


The ABGN Action Plan was not updated beyond 2010 to align with updated GSPC targets. Please also refer to the updated Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and the updated International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation alongside these documents. 

Existing ABGN documents, developed at the first African Botanic Gardens Congress held in Durban, South Africa, can be accessed here:

The ABGN is addressing plant conservation in Africa in five areas:

Understanding and documenting plant diversity

Conserving plant diversity

Using plant diversity sustainably

Promoting education and awareness about plant diversity

Building capacity for the conservation of plant diversity


ABGN Bulletin

To access past editions of the ABGN Bulletin containing news and project information from African botanic gardens, click here.

For further information on the background to the establishment of the ABGN, please click here.