BGCI's conservation projects in China praised by external review committee.
From 6-7 August 2015, a group of experts met at the Shangri-La Alpine Botanical Garden to review BGCI’s plant conservation projects in China. The meeting included 13 project leaders and their local partners, the chairman of the Science and Technology Association of Diqing Prefecture and a range of other plant conservation experts. In reviewing the projects, the experts noted the high scientific and technical value of the conservation projects.
Joachim Gratzfeld, BGCI’s Director of Regional Programmes, opened the meeting and explained how these projects contribute to BGCI’s strategy. He also discussed BGCI’s new 5-year plan (2015-2020). Twelve of the project leaders at the meeting reported in detail on the progress of their projects, the challenges encountered, lessons learnt and how the work would continue beyond the end of the project.
The participants at the meeting discussed how to further enhance effective project implementation and management, how to track progress in implementing projects and how to ensure sustainability when project funding ends. They also explored issues around how to combine improving the livelihoods of local people with protecting plant diversity and discussed the programme of work that BGCI will conduct in China over the next five years.
The meeting achieved the desired outcomes and all delegates were very satisfied, giving the workshop a high evaluation. Participants were particularly happy to have the opportunity to interact with each other and said the meeting not only provided an opportunity to share information but also provided a platform for the development of future cooperation between each other. It was suggested that such meetings should be organised by BGCI every year.