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BGCI Climate Change Initiatives
1. Understanding the conservation status of the world’s trees
In 1998, a survey of the conse
This updated Red List of tree species will allow:
In view of climate change, it is clear that many species of wild plants will go extinct in the wild within the next century. An urgent priority therefore is to ensure the conservation of as many species as possible as an insurance policy for the future. Botanic garden collections presently contain up to a third of all known plant species, but gaps still remain.
Using our database of plants in cultivation around the world and a range of available plant Red Lists, BGCI will identify endangered species that are missing in collections. We will then work with our botanic garden members and partners to improve the conservation collections of endangered and vulnerable species, thus developing a robust, worldwide network of plant conservation centres.
This survey of botanic garden collections will also allow us to identify particular collections of key species that can be developed as propagation centres focused on the restoration of threatened species in the wild.
Climate is a major factor influencing the distribution of plant species and vegetation patterns. However, we know that the greater the diversity of a habitat, the greater its resilience to climate change. Therefore the design of restoration and reintroduction programmes must take into account climate change management options. Botanic gardens, with their diverse collections and wide horticultural skills are well placed to play a key role in initiatives to restore and reintroduce threatened species to the wild
As BGCI’s Plants and climate change report highlights, there is a need to gather, analyse and disseminate the huge range of valuable information coming from current research and conservation action. Building on our existing sources of information and unique databases, BGCI therefore plans to develop a plants and climate change information and early warning system (EWS). Acting as a bridge between academic research and practical conservation, the EWS will be implemented as an online, interactive portal through which conservationists, researchers and botanic gardens will be able to exchange information on:
• Mapping and predictions of current and future impacts of climate change;
The EWS will be a unique resource that will inform and facilitate robust solutions to secure plant diversity in the face of climate change.
For more information on how to partner with BGCI on this initiative please contact Charlotte Case, on +44 (0) 2083325937 or firstname.lastname@example.org
6th June 2008