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Resources from Roots 2:1

International Agendas: Implications for botanic garden education programmes

Hard copy materials and resources

Martin-Mehers, G., Calvo, S., Auchincloss, E., and Goldstein, W. (eds.), 2004, Achieving Environmental Objectives: The role and value of Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) in Conventions and Agreements in Europe.

Commission on Education and Communication, IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. ISBN: 2-8317-0843-5

This publication looks at how the tools of CEPA can be used to support the implementation of mulit-lateral environmental agreements such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Ramsar Wetlands Convention. Part one provides a brief overview of CEPA provisions within the various Conventions while part two and three look at case studies from a national and local perspective. The case studies will be of particular interest to botanic garden educators as they provide practical examples and highlight the value of CEPA in managing change for conservation and sustainable development. The conclusion draws together a number of useful principles and guidelines for CEPA.

Simms, A., Magrath, J. and Reid, H. (2004). Up In Smoke: Threats from, and responses to, the impact of global warming on human development.

New Economics Foundation, U.K. ISBN: 1 899407 92 8. Price £10.

This report has been compiled by leading environmental and development organizations across the world. It delivers a range of insights into what is at threat from climate change and what we might be able to do to avert these threats. The report looks at the impacts of global warming on food, water, health, energy, disasters, environment and livlihoods from the perspective of vulnerable people. On a global scale, it examines issues such as why women suffer most from climate change, trade and climate and environmental refugees. The report is persuasive in the need to develop community education and awareness programmes. It also provides an excellent source of information for botanic gardens for raising public awareness about climate change.

Available to download in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese at:


Dr Arts book front cover

Sussman, A. (2000), Dr Art’s Guide to Planet Earth.

Chelsea Green, ISBN 1-890132-73-X.

This beautifully presented and colourful book covers the three major cycles of the global ecosystem: matter, energy and life. Suitable for children aged 12 and above, the book is also a fascinating read for adults. Dr Art’s Guide to Planet Earth leads readers through the basis of life on earth, examines environmental issues, including extinctions, climate change and the ozone layer. It helps answer one of the most important questions of the twenty-first century: Can all of us live well on our planet without damaging the whole Earth system? This very user-friendly reference and teaching tool is also complemented by a website,, which includes ideas for activities, lesson plans and animations to further illustrate key points within the book.


UNESCO - MAB (2001, 2003), Education Kit on Combating Desertification

Division of Ecological Sciences 1, rue Miollis, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France. Fax: (33) 1 45 68 58 04. Price 30 Euros or 30 US Dollars.
Available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish; a Chinese edition will be available soon.

This kit includes a teacher’s guide, a series of case studies, a children’s cartoon story book and a poster. Targeted at educators and pupils during their final years at primary school, it aims to clarify scientific knowledge on desertification. Solutions and progress made to combat this crisis are also identified. The teacher’s guide provides good background material and useful ideas for educational activities while the cartoon story book and map are brightly designed for children. This is an invaluable resource for educators wanting to develop a programme on this topic.



The Ramsar Convention on wetlands CEPA prgogramme – Wetland Education Centres

Wetland Education manual

Wetland Education Centres have a parallel role to that of botanic garden education - raising awareness of the functions and values of wetlands within the general public and school groups, as well as emphasising the role of all citizens in conserving wetlands. This website, in English, French and Spanish contains useful information about the Wetland Link International (WLI) network, set up through the Ramsar convention’s CEPA programme. It provides an interesting model for the successful workings of a convention CEPA output, links to member organisations and the WLI website.

International Legislation document

International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation

Wyse Jackson, P.S. & Sutherland, L.A. (2000), Botanic Gardens Conservation International, U.K.
ISBN 0 9520275 93

The International Agenda is a global policy framework for botanic gardens worldwide to contribute to biodiversity conservation, particularly as it relates to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Your garden can sign up to register its support for the International Agenda.

The International Agenda and registration leaflet can also be downloaded here. If you would like to order a hardcopy contact BGCI at The International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Latvian. It can also be accessed from the CD Rom ‘Plants for the Planet: Resources for Botanic Gardens’, included with this issue of Roots.