Conference Themes and ProgrammeAn extensive and varied program of presentations, workshops, discussion for study, visits and excursions will be held over a 6 day period, addressing the broad topic of “Caribbean Botanic Gardens: Serving a diversity of global, national and local communities".
Major themes of the Conference:
- Working and growing together: networking and sharing resources
- Biodiversity conservation: responding effectively to international plant and biodiversity conservation challenges
- Disasters and emergencies: risk and crisis management
- Environmental education: spreading the word
- Sustainable tourism: protecting the golden goose of the Caribbean
THE PROGRAMME IN OUTLINE
October 30 – arrival and orientation, cocktails and dinner at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge, Registration
October 31 and November 1 – a Series of plenary sessions of presentations will be held at Belize Botanic Gardens
November 2 – Free day with a choice of activities in the area
November 3 – Three parallel workshops will be held:
A. In-garden conservation: practices, policies, experiences and challenges
This training workshop will offer practical guidance to botanic gardens becoming involved in developing, managing and maintaining collections of threatened plants for conservation, species recovery and ecological restoration.
B. Caribbean botanic gardens and medicinal plants
This workshop will explore the diverse roles of botanic gardens in the Caribbean in medicinal plants, including conservation, education and sustainable use. Projects supporting and involving local communities’ use of medicinal plants will be a particular focus of the workshop. Part of this workshop will be conducted in the Plants of the Maya Medicinal Plant section of Belize Botanic Gardens.
C. Sustainable tourism: a resource for public education and awareness
This workshop will review and outline the roles of botanic gardens in supporting sustainable tourism, including botanic gardens’ policies, practices supporting sustainability, interpretation models and public awarness strategies.
November 4 – Workshop wrap-ups Plenary sessions – Working and Growing Together: Developing the Caribbean Network 2010 Targets discussed, presented and agreed – subject to review at a later date Business Meeting Farewell party with Belizean Garifuna Drummers
November 5 – Return to airport or continue with “after-conference” activities