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Climate Change: What Can Botanic Gardens Do to Help?

It's very hot in the office and we are wondering whether it's a sign that climate change is here to stay - it does seem to be a trend. If we accept that it is happening and that temperatures could rise several degrees over the next few decades, then what are we going to do about it? What are the likely problems, and how can botanic gardens help solve them for the well-being of people and the planet?

Let us know your thoughts - we will publish them (anonymously if you like) in the next issue of Cultivate.

Climate Change Responses

We asked Cultivate readers what they think about climate change and how botanic gardens can be - and are - involved in assessing and mitigating it's impacts. We have had a lot of very interesting responses some of which are published here.


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Join BGCI in Protecting Plants for the Planet
BGCI is a membership organisation. We have institutional and individual members around the world. You can join us in our global efforts to ensure plants are protected from the many threats facing them today and get some great benefits.
Challenges in Botanical Research and Climate Change
The 2nd World Botanic Gardens Scientific Congresswill be held in Delft, the Netherlands, on 29 June - 4 July 2008. The main themes are Conservation and Climate Change, Bionics, New Systematics and Future Issues. Registration for those wishing to contribute a paper is 15 December
Download the Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change as a PDF
In issuing its ‘Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change and Plant Conservation’ the Gran Canaria Group, whose membership is drawn from major biodiversity conservation organisations around the world, calls on the international community to take urgent action to protect global plant diversity.