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Welcome to BGCI Japan
Partnership for protecting wild plants of Japan
There are almost 7,000 native plant species in Japan and about 40% of them are endemic. This diverse and unique flora is to be proud of in the world and has supported the Japanese people's way of life which is traditionally strongly related to plants.
However, as a result of factors such as urban development, over-collection, and changes in people’s lifestyle patterns, the extinction of wild plants and the loss of biodiversity have become serious problems in Japan as well - 20 plant species are already extinct in the wild, and one in four species is in danger of extinction.
As centres for plant conservation, research, education and recreation, botanic gardens, the most comprehensive organisations in the field of plant sciences and other areas related to plants, are today expected to play an important role. BGCI is the world's largest network linking with world's botanic gardens for the protection of plant diversity.
"Investing in Nature-Japan" - Now Closed
Through the "Investing in Nature-Japan" programme, BGCI built many partnerships in Japan, working in collaboration with botanic gardens and other bodies to encourage the conservation of wild plants in this country.
4th February 2008
Nagoya City, Japan, has unveiled plans to re-develop the city’s botanic garden and zoo. BGCI's head of Education, Julia WIllison has this report from her recent visit.
4th February 2008
BGCI's head of Education, Julia WIllison has this report on two symposia from her recent visit to Japan. Open to the public, the symposia focused on the urgent need for increased plant conservation efforts in japan. The vital role botanic gardens can play was emphasised.
23rd February 2007
Japan's National Network of botanic gardens are helping to support Japan in meeting it's obligations in the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. Recent commitments include the allocation of responsibility for different plant groups to specific gardens, and new plans for capacity building.
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Botanic Garden TV - BGTV
BGTV is BGCI's YouTube channel where we showcase the work of botanic gardens, we have playlists of videos about gardens and plants, as well as conservation ideas and inspiration from composting to musical vegetables. Watch, enjoy, and send us more clips!
The Global Partnership for Plant Conservation brings together international, regional and national organisations in order to contribute to the implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). This site is full of resources for anyone wanting to help meet the targets.