BGCI consultation: International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation
As discussed at the 4th Global Botanic Gardens Congress, BGCI is currently revising the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation. The International Agenda was published in 2000 and this in turn, was based on the Botanic Gardens Conservation Strategy published in 1989. However, over the past decade the context in which botanic gardens are operating has changed considerably, both politically and environmentally and a number of new initiatives have emerged.
The new issues that are addressed in this draft text of the second edition of the International Agenda include the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and its 16 targets, ecological restoration, the impacts of climate change and the need to strengthen linkages between plant conservation and human well-being. We are now calling for comments and suggestions on the draft document.
There are several issues that we particularly wish to receive feedback on:
1. The 2004 IA targets - do we want to retain these at all given that most botanic gardens and networks now report against the GSPC Targets?
2. Your views on the procedure for monitoring and coordination, as well as reviewing and updating as detailed in Section 4.
3. Other key references that we should include.
Please note: the updating process has no impact on the International Agenda registration system introduced by BGCI in 2003. Past registrations will continue to be recognised and valued by BGCI as a commitment by gardens to plant conservation.
We greatly appreciate your help with this important task. Comments can be sent as emails, or as Word compatible attachments (including comments or changes applied directly to the draft text using 'track changes'). All comments should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 February 2011.
The draft text for the 2nd edition of the International Agenda is available for download here. BGCI welcomes your input.