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Education for Conservation Grants

Model Education Project Award for the Argentine Botanic Gardens

Investing in Nature Programme

"Education for Conservation of Native Species"

Objective:

To strengthen Argentine Botanic Gardens to contribute to public awareness about plant conservation through the implementation of the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation.

Background to the Awards:

This awards programme has been developed as a result of a new international partnership entitled Investing in Nature between four organizations, HSBC, BGCI , Earthwatch and WWF, with financial support from HSBC. As part of this partnership, in Argentina, BGCI is implementing a wide-ranging programme with its partner, the Red Argentina de Jardines Botánicos to promote botanic garden roles in environmental education, plant conservation and sustainable development in Argentina through the implementation of the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation.

Through the “Investing in Nature” partnership, BGCI aims to award up to nine grants until 2006in support of the best Argentine botanic garden projects which can contribute to the programme.

Awards

Awards have been made for the first and second round of BGCI’s Investing in Nature-Argentina Programme Education for Conservation of Native Species Awards. Seven botanic gardens have received support to strengthen their contribution to public awareness about plant conservation through the implementation of the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation. Focusing on local issues, the projects will develop a range of education activities to promote the sustainable use and conservation of native species. The seven botanic gardens are:

2004-2005

  • Arboretum de la Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, Universidad Nacional de Misiones, Eldorado, Misiones: “Selva Misionera Botanical Garden”.
  • Escuela Media Técnico Agropecuaria (EMETA) Chamical, Chamical, La Rioja: “Botanic Garden in the Dry Chaco”.
  • Jardín Botánico de Córdoba, Municipalidad de Córdoba, Córdoba:` A plan created in order to inform and make people be aware about conservation and use of native vegetation. “Plants Look After Us, Let´s Look After Them”.
  • Jardín Botánico Pillahuinco, Parque Provincial Ernesto Tornquist-Universidad Nacional del Sur, Buenos Aires; “Growing awareness to value our biodiversity”.


2005-2006

  •  Jardín Agrobotánico de Santa Catalina, Instituto Fitotécnico de Santa Catalina, UNLP, Buenos Aires:
    “Opening of Jardín Agrobotánico de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina Agricultural and Botanical Garden) to the Community”.
  • Jardín Botánico de Chacras de Coria, Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza:
    “Valuing and protecting our biodiversity”
    Education and conservation at Jardín Botánico de Chacras de Coria.
  • Jardín Botánico UCC “Gaspar Xuárez”, Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Córdoba:
    “Gaspar Xuarez Botanical Garden: Conservation, restoration and education for ethnobotanical valuation of the flora of native forests and woodlands of Central Argentina”.

Further details of the above projects and details of the third round of awards are available by emailing argentina@bgci.org