Looking ahead to 2006, there are many new challenges facing botanic gardens and even more problems facing plant diversity. In this issue, we take an in-depth look at some of these challenges and how botanic gardens can work together to meet them.
Climate change is starting to affect us all - from Chicago to the Ukraine, botanic gardens have already been reporting extreme weather events this year. And we all of course know of the hurricanes that devastated gardens in Florida and Mexico last year, amongst others.
BGCI are taking part in a workshop on climate change and botanic gardens in April and you can expect to see consultation and reporting on this key topic over the coming year. We will be reporting on the responses of botanic gardens to this issue, and we are very grateful to all our members that provided information. In the meantime you can use put your spare computer power (if you have any) to take part in the world's biggest climate change experiment.
Read more about the changing climate for botanic gardens in our 'Hot Topics' assessment of the year ahead.
Increasingly, the agendas of human welfare campaigners and those of the conservation sector are coming together. The Millennium Development Goals are shaping the agenda in many governments worldwide and it is becoming increasingly important for conservation workers to show the value of their efforts in improving human health, wealth and happiness.
Find out how gardens are using bidiversity to improve human well-being