BGCI medicinal plants report
BGCI has published the findings of a year-long investigation into the state of medicinal plants around the world in a new report. Outlining the main trade, livelihood and conservation issues surrounding medicinal plants, the report also illustrates the many ways in which botanic gardens can and do contribute to protecting the plants that heal us. Key to this is the expansion of the role of botanic gardens; from traditional ex situ conservation to increasing involvement with community work and partnering with other bodies to contribute towards successful in situ medicinal plant conservation work. The report, entitled ‘Plants for life: Medicinal plant conservation and botanic gardens’, draws together the inspirational involvement of botanic gardens in medicinal plant conservation and recommends focus areas and species for future work.
Belinda Hawkins, 2008, Botanic Gardens Conservation International.
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