Africa > Botanic Gardens
Africa contains many biodiversity-rich countries, yet possesses disproportionally few botanic gardens considering the rich biodiversity and the great need for its conservation.
African Botanic Gardens range from very old gardens such as Durban Botanic Garden to gardens being established today across Africa such as the new Botanic Garden of Papatia in Benin. Although these gardens are diverse in their facilities, location and missions, they all share a common characteristic of a documented plant collection for the purposes of recreation, education and research.
A great strength of many gardens across Africa is their work with their local communities - addressing local problems by working together. To continue to achieve this they need support and encouragement which is why the botanic gardens of Africa came together to form the African Botanic Gardens Network in 2002.
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Botanic Garden Networks in Africa
We have information on three botanic garden networks in Africa.
Edible Caterpillars in the Bas Congo
Wherever caterpillars are eaten in Africa, caterpillars are a desirable and high in protein food. However, their popularity can lead to overharvesting of both them and their food plants - Kisantu Botanic Garden was involved in a project to safeguard and improve access to caterpillar food.
Working With Clinics for Local Healthcare Needs in South Africa
Garden Route Botanical Garden is working with local healthcare clinics with limited supplies on conventional medications, to encourage the safe use of medicinal plants for common ailments.
Home Gardens in Ghana
Aburi Botanic Gardens are involved in local community projects that improve human well-being as well as conserving plant diversity.
Cultivation projects in Uganda
Tooro botanic garden is a young and developing garden that plans to link the benefits of conserving plants with improving the livelihoods of its local communities.