Enabling people and botanic gardens
In recent years, we have made a significant contribution to global Red List information, researching and publishing Red Lists for major tree groups. This information is invaluable in helping to prioritise and direct conservation action to the areas where it is most needed.
We continue to develop our unique GardenSearch and PlantSearch databases as a major resource documenting the expertise, facilities and plant collections of the global botanic garden community. We have also run a number of well-received training courses and workshops for botanic garden staff.
We have produced a wide range of manuals, guidelines and reports for the botanic garden community. Amongst these, the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation, first published in 2000 but updated and revised in 2012, is probably the most important document produced by BGCI in its 25 year history. Nearly 500 botanic gardens from 83 countries have officially ‘signed’ the Agenda thus formally confirming their commitment to plant conservation. The International Agenda is recognised as the framework document guiding the actions of botanic gardens in conservation and its original version has been translated into many languages, including Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, Latvian, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.
We have consolidated our education work over the past five years through publications, enhancement of the education component of the BGCI website and a wide range of education workshops and training initiatives. Working with botanic gardens has remained at the core of BGCI’s work in communication and education but resources developed are made available to the wider educational community. More recently, BGCI has been promoting the social role of botanic gardens and supporting their efforts to become agents for change.
Our Global Congresses are generally regarded as the most important networking events for the botanic garden community.