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Address the Impacts of Climate Change on Wild Plants

  • In 2006 BGCI organized a meeting in the Canary Islands that brought together a group of experts on climate change and plants to identify the actions required to avert a disaster for the world’s plants. As a result of that meeting we published the Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change and Plant Conservation. It represents a call to action for both governments and conservation community.
  • We recently published a report, Plants and climate change: which future?, that documents and analyses the latest scientific evidence of the impact climate change is having on the conservation of wild plant diversity. This was presented to the world’s governments at the recent meeting of the Conference to the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
  • We will be developing a list of priority species for conservation and working with our partners to develop conservation strategies for these.


Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change and Plant Conservation

In issuing its ‘Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change and Plant Conservation’ the Gran Canaria Group, whose membership includes many botanic gardens around the world, calls on the international community to take urgent action to protect global plant diversity.

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Climate Change and Plants: Ensuring our Future Prosperity

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Climate Change and Plant Conservation

Climate change is already happening and is predicted to get much worse. This page outlines the effects that climate change may have on plant communities, and thus the threats to the well-being of human societies that depend on them.

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Climate Change: What Can Botanic Gardens Do to Help?

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The Threat Posed to the Planet by Climate Change

Climate change is not just a gradual warming of our planet - more extreme weather events such as droughts and flooding, and a higher water level, are just some of the predicted effects.

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9 July 2008
Download the Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change as a PDF
In issuing its ‘Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change and Plant Conservation’ the Gran Canaria Group, whose membership is drawn from major biodiversity conservation organisations around the world, calls on the international community to take urgent action to protect global plant diversity.