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BGCI is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative on seed conservation

7 April 2015

BGCI’s Global Seed Conservation Challenge will challenge and support botanic gardens to work outside the gardens walls to collect, bank and therefore conserve seed of threatened plant species towards Target 8 of the GSPC.

Target 8 of the GSPC calls for ‘at least 75 per cent of threatened plant species in ex situ collections, preferably in the country of origin, and at least 20 per cent available for recovery and restoration programmes by 2020’.

The challenge component will include a competition, with prizes awarded to botanic gardens that do the most to bank seeds of rare, threatened and useful native species. Through this competition, and through BGCI’s website and its magazine BGjournal, the work of participating gardens will be recognised and promoted:

  • Videos, blogs and case studies will be posted on BGCI’s website each month;
  • Prizes will be awarded at the 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress (Geneva, 2017) for the rarest, most threatened and most useful plants banked by botanic gardens.

The support component will include training courses and the establishment of an online seed conservation hub, comprising:

  • An informative and concise ‘how to’ guide on seed conservation for botanic gardens;
  • Provision of resources on detailed specialist seed conservation protocols;
  • An interactive learning module on seed conservation with knowledge testing components hosted on www.bgci.org
  • Provision of target species to bank based on gap analysis outcomes;
  • Training courses at institutions where capacity gaps exist.

To register interest in the Global Seed Conservation Challenge please email katherine.odonnell@bgci.org

More information can be found at www.bgci.org/ourwork/seedconservation

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