Updating the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation
In 2010, at the 4th Global Botanic Gardens Congress, it was agreed that the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation should be updated. First published in 2000, the International Agenda has helped to fundamentally shape the conservation work of botanic gardens worldwide and linked this work to the broader policy framework for biodiversity conservation. Ten years later it was considered appropriate to update this important document for the botanic garden community.
Following an extensive period of consultation, the final draft of the second edition of the International Agenda is now available. It builds on countless conversations within and between botanic gardens on how and why and for whom to save plant biodiversity. The document reflects the growing success of botanic gardens as a collective voice influencing the policy agenda.
The publication of the International Agenda in 2000 directly influenced the formulation of the GSPC of the Convention on Biological Diversity and implementation of the International Agenda supports global efforts to implement the GSPC. The changes made in this version reflect the success of the GSPC as well as the wide range of other policy initiatives relating to biodiversity and human well being. We hope it provides a clear and concise framework that will be useful for all in the botanic garden community who are working against great odds to conserve the rich and diminishing diversity of plants that is essential to us all.
The final draft document can be downloaded here.
Any comments or suggestions should be sent to BGCI by 15 October 2012.