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BGCI' s achievements

BGCI was established in 1987 as a small secretariat under the auspices of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

BGCI’s membership and larger network has grown consistently over the years, reaching across every continent. The organisation now unites over 700 members and other partners from 118 countries worldwide, all committed to saving the world’s threatened plants.

In 2007, BGCI established an office at the South China Botanical Garden, Guangzhou and appointed a China Programme Coordinator. In the same year, BGCI moved its US office from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York to Chicago Botanic Garden and appointed a new Executive Director.

Find out more about our China programme here and our US programme here.

BGCI is now the leading international organisation working to save the world’s imperilled flora. Our work helps gardens connect with each other and these links can generate huge, positive change for individuals, gardens and local communities.

Over the past 5 years, BGCI's activities have been guided by our Five Year Plan 2007-2012.

Follow the links below to find out more about our key achievements over the past five years:

Download a report on BGCI's achievements 2007-2012 here.



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