BGCI’s Strategic Plan
The biodiversity of planet Earth is declining, too many wild plant species are threatened with extinction and current efforts to protect them are woefully inadequate. More than half of humanity now lives in urban areas, leading to a growing disconnection from nature and decreasing health and well-being. BGCI is committed to tackling these issues and to scaling up its efforts. Responding to international biodiversity policy, BGCI will continue to focus on securing a future for threatened plant species and their habitats whilst engaging with wider audiences and strengthening the contribution of botanic gardens to ecological restoration.
We aim to increase the number of threatened plant species actively protected through botanic garden conservation programmes, including at least 250 globally threatened tree species. By offering membership to every botanic garden we will increase the reach of our network and the impact of our training and information resources to support plant conservation and ecological restoration. The restoration of at least 25 degraded sites will be underway as a step towards the overall goal of 100 restored ecosystems over 20 years.
More than half the world’s population live in urban areas and this is leading to a growing disconnection with nature. Botanic gardens offer excellent opportunities for people to experience nature first hand. Collectively botanic gardens engage with more than 250 million visitors annually and have the potential to reach larger numbers and more diverse audiences. As a result of our work, all botanic gardens will be able to access our resources in support of public engagement programmes that help to reconnect people with nature. In this way we aim to further increase the relevance of botanic gardens to the communities they serve.
Wild plants offer a wealth of services and goods of essential livelihood value. Worldwide, over half a billion people who live in poverty depend on the availability of wild plant resources to sustain their daily subsistence needs. However, with the general global loss of biodiversity caused by habitat loss, the spread of invasive species and global climate change, the availability of the range and abundance of plant resources of livelihood value is under threat. Botanic gardens are centres of excellence for research, conservation and cultivation of economically important plants. As a result of our work, the role of wild plants in supporting livelihoods and providing ecosystem services will be more widely understood.
Join BGCI in Protecting Plants for the Planet
BGCI is a membership organisation. We have more than 700 members, institutional and individual, in 118 countries. You too can join us in our global efforts to ensure plants are protected from the many threats facing them today and get some great benefits.
The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
The GSPC is a plan to save the world's plant species. Botanic gardens are making a major contribution worldwide. Click the image to find out more.
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